"By The Way" © Stacy Esch

“By The Way” © Stacy Esch


Darkness of Now

In another life
I was walking along
a sunny shaded
verdant fragrant
everything in motion
heels clicking,
knees bounding,
hips pivoting
and eyes reveling
I was flowing
in the mighty
stream of time,
the minutes like pirouettes,
the hours like ripples
all my days wrapped
around me,
like cool water
over smooth stones

In another life
I was faithful
to ideas,
by the smoky
curl of burning
justice upon a

In that life I had many words
But few experiences
Few trials
But countless convictions

Endless possibility
Without the slightest opportunity

Oh, what limitless dreams
One dreams of when
Gazing from the darkness of now
Into the cozy glow of then.


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 work at Turkshead Review and wordriver literary review. She is currently selling a calendar through Spruce Alley Press.