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mary: a poem

 
boxing day comes
quiet

a child was born in bethlehem
beneath a star
but a childhood died

wise men
brought frankincense
& gold

for a babe
who had not opened his eyes

didn/t gather that
brown girl in their arms
& whisper
       hush my darling
      
it/s okay to cry
      
you are not alone tonight

a scared girl
carried a god/s fire in her belly
without a choice

watched a young man / she
raised as her own
murdered on a cross
& crowned with
thorns

on boxing day
i think about
mary

©  Maxine Clarke, 2008

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Maxine Beneba Clarke is an Australian author and slam poet of Afro- Caribbean descent. Her short fiction collection Foreign Soil won the 2015 ABIA Award for Best Literary Fiction and the 2015 Indie Award for Best Debut Fiction, and was shortlisted for the Stella Prize. Her memoir, The Hate Race, her poetry collection Carrying the World, and her first children’s book, The Patchwork Bike, will be published by Hachette in late 2016.

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