Type
Poetry

Learning

There is a very fine line
between writing and just sitting down

like the difference between asking and begging,
a snowglobe and a crystal ball

the most important distinctions
can be the hardest to discern:

a dropped plate,
the beginning of violence;

saying no, never answering at all;

I once dreamt of the relief of leaving,
or—
was it of going with the comfort of a welcome return?

A lake viewed from over an aeroplane’s wing.
A cold coin in the world’s outstretched palm.

 

 

 

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Jini Maxwell is a poet and arts worker based in Melbourne. They co-edit The Lifted Bro.

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