The Challenge of Adherence: Poetry by Noah Stetzer

Though it lacks the deliberateness of fire
setting the bridges or boats once one’s passed
into strange lands or foe’s territory—
dark Rubicon crossed over on horseback,

fighting what’s dead ahead with the river
behind—what a noise over one’s shoulder
of timbers cracking and resin popping
while all your last chances go up in smoke;

this instead’s blue field sky work, marveling
at the topsides of clouds blushed in sunlight,
air flight without a thought for what’s needed:
using fuel instead to just go farther

—forgetting again the pill’s appointed
hour—and passing the point of no return.

—Noah Stetzer


Noah Stetzer is a graduate of The MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and also a scholarship recipient from the Lambda Literary Retreat for Emerging LGBT Writers and from the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference. Noah lives in the Washington, D.C., area.