"We're Bound Away" © Stacy Esch

“We’re Bound Away” © Stacy Esch


Ordinary White and Everyday Wide

Pieces of dreams
lost in plain sight,
low watt light bulbs
competing with the sun,
silent set of keys all alone
in the stillness of the wrong shelf,
that single thought like a glass of stale water
dribbling away down the drain
while the morning pours like Niagara Falls
a billion conscious brain cells into the vortex
of wakefulness.

By some miracle
I remember the whiteness
and the wideness
of a field of frozen snow
and his young heart racing
away, a billion miles away, away
until pure heart one
with mine, over the packed snow
all the way back again
in a single loving bound


Stacy Esch lives and works in West Chester, Pennsylvania, teaching English at West Chester University. Digital art and photography are the twin passions that compete alongside her interest in writing, reading, songwriting, and gardening. She has previously published works in Ibbetson Street, Turkshead Review and wordriver literary review. She has produced cover art for chapbooks by Kenneth Pobo (Save My Place and Placemats) and her artwork is featured at Spruce Alley Press, where she published a colorful 2014 Calendar as well as distinctive illustrations for the chapbook, When The Light Turns Green.