Darkness befriends us, the shelter of trees.
Even when stark shell-shocked centers petrified,
they stand willing. Afterwards, gently breeze- blown,
they are again solace sources.
So this moment palpably lives,
flesh lending warmth, steam-soft.
Hands funnel through like traffic,
fog-caught, lost and seeking.
Hands become thresholds,
paths recognized, appreciated, by-passed.
The lone continue journeying towards home,
exhaust, a trail left, mingling like sighs.
Stephen Mead is an Outsider multi-media artist and writer. Since the 1990s he’s been grateful to many editors for publishing his work in print zines and eventually online. He is also grateful to have managed to keep various day jobs for the Health Insurance. Currently he is resident artist/curator for The Chroma Museum, artistic renderings of LGBTQI historical figures, organizations and allies predominantly before Stonewall,
Angelique Schreiber is a photographer based in Karkloof in the KZN Midlands, South Africa, who does landscape, wildlife and equine photography.