"Not An Exit" © Stacy Esch

“Not An Exit” © Stacy Esch

This is Not An Exit

Plate glass window
Warns, “Not an exit.”
Polite, with a calm blue dot.

But really?
For me it is.

It’s the best kind of exit.
So subtle and understated
that not the bluest air
nor slightest sky need stir.
Only, in the faraway heavens,
a trace of solar dust kicks up
as I am leaving.


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.