Stella Alesi
Five Steps

Five steps from the hole
there is still room
to extend,
to spin completely around,
to relax.
The ground, thick
still invites seed.
The rain effortlessly gathers
deep
in that space. Five steps from the hole
the air still carries the scent of
lilies after five,
torn mint,
firecracker smoke,
hope.
Five steps from the hole
is just enough space
just enough breath
just enough grip
to witness the vacuum,
to hear the tortured echo
of a stone’s tumble,
and just enough breadth to allow,
in layers of downy honeysuckle
in blackberry clusters
heavy as a detached heart
in twines of royal and pale purple wisteria,
the reckless, frequent adornment
of the
five
precious
steps
between.

 

Stella Alesi, artist

“Blackberries”
21” x 11”, oil on wood
davisgalleryaustin.com
stellaalesi.com/blog/alesiblog.html

Kim Lane, poet

Kim Lane’s work has appeared
in many magazines and
books. Click here to find out more
about her.