Denise Bennett

Quaker Meeting

The door to the garden is open
a blackbird breaks the silence –

and we listen to his ministry
clear notes from the chimney stack.

Someone speaks about the sadness
of women soldiers drawn to war –

how they will carry guns, be trained
in combat to kill –

and still the blackbird trills his song
his curtain calling aria.

It’s not about feminism or equal rights –
its about nurture …

Gathered in stillness, our thoughts turn
to women who will learn to murder.

Denise Bennett has an MA in creative writing and runs poetry workshops in
community settings. Her poems have been widely published. She has two full length collections, Planting the Snow Queen and Parachute Silk by Oversteps Books and a forthcoming collection, Water Chits by Indigo Dreams.