By Benedict St Quentin Fitzpatrick
Turning I saw you
shadows move the grasses
sift the debris slowly
around your feet
the red earth
crossed with signs of night
tracks that soften
I first knew him as a writer of beautiful haiku and tanka. As you see, he also writes longer poems. Many focus on the Australian landscape and his close relationship with it since childhood. I love them for this reason, and also because they are poems of understatement and deceptively simple language.
I also love the mystery in the poem I've chosen: its quiet acceptance of the ineffable.
If you're on facebook, you'll find this and other poems in his Notes there. Also he has started a poetry blog on Wordpress.
Another of Ben's passions is archery. He lists his religion as Buddhist. I always think there is a Samurai-like quality in the clarity of his poetry.
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