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Saturday, 1 September 2018

The Spiked Baton

(for James Ricketson “Which country am I spying for?”) *

Why am I dreaming
Of the night’s
Mawkish
Militancy...

A carnation, unwieldy bowed
Receding in a row
Of ‘old woman’
Saltbush

That didn’t turn true-blue,
But peaked
Lacquered
Thin as

An oppressed mortal’s
Herring-
Bone
Shroud

And the stocked-up
Richet
Of attrition
On the run! Must be

Faust’s off-siders
Doing the rounds.

© Stefanie Bennett

Australian film-maker James Ricketson sentenced to six years' jail in Cambodia

Stefanie Bennett has published several books of poetry – worked with Arts Action
For Peace, & ‘Equality’ [Human rights]. Of mixed ancestry – Italian, Irish Paugussett
-Shawnee, she was born in Queensland, Australia.

*Spoken by James Ricketson – Australian filmmaker – jailed in Cambodia
for espionage 31st August 2018.

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