"Candle" © Stacy Esch

“Candle” © Stacy Esch


In My Room

Soldier’s home
Moonless night

Surrounded by enemy silence
Machines hum like jailbirds
Fixing to riot

Words and images
Soft melodies
Sweat and fog

Triangulated candle glow
Stress in the cross hairs


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.