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,
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.




Jini Maxwell

Jini Maxwell is a writer and curator. They are currently working on a poetry collection called Summer Animal

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