Poem by Angela Topping (UK)
Published in The Ofi Press issue 45
the climber to discoveries:
the bell tower
with its twisting promise of views;
the slippy staircase
of a short cut offering itself
through a narrow alley
to emerge part way up a known street;
rough steps cut into a garden
or dizzy fellside
stained with lichen and moss
harbouring fireweed, dandelion
a friendly handrail to haul up
faltering steps of one
who years ago would have run them.
So steps measure
more than heights or depths,
they count frailties and years.
Angela Topping is the author of seven collections from reputable presses including Stride, Salt, Lapwing and Mother’s Milk Books. Her next collection is forthcoming from Red Squirrel Press in 2016. Her work has been widely published in many magazines including Poetry Review and London Magazine. She has also edited and co-edited several anthologies and writes critical books for Greenwich Exchange. In 2013, she was a writer in residence at Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden. Her poems have won several prizes.
Image: 'Torre Lapillo' by Marco Fedele.