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Kate Maxwell

Beneath the bough,

beneath the green

of oscillating leaves

and shiver branches,

the batter of hard

tears, whip of wind

subdue: enough for

feathered, furred

or scaled to huddle,

to preserve, cluster

hopes and hunt,

reset rhythms,

stretching claws

and patience

into drier days.

Beneath the bricks,

beneath the measured

frame of builders’

beams and codes,

rules of how to act

and what to think,

we watch storms,

heed hail, tighten

hearts and arms

across our sighs

as we track

streams sliding

down glass doors,


by our protections.

Closeup of a Black Dog

Kate Maxwell has been published and awarded in Australian and International literary magazines. Her first poetry anthology, Never Good at Maths was published in 2021, and her second anthology will be forthcoming in 2023. Kate’s interests include film, wine, and sleeping. She can be found at

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