Report on the Sculpture
Gregory Stapp

Lean on Me Forever, Christopher Davis

She steals from fossil tongues
             echoes of solemnity     and silence,
sits moulded in agate,
             the light gone from her face

                                        or she looks away from it.

She prepares a meal for us from stone
             ground bone meal; we refuse

                                        and offend her into closed eyes.

We approach her at separate times;
             you, when she is new, and I,

                                        just before you leave;

discuss the light and whether or not
             she knows the pose she hews     in us
we refuse,

                                        or we walk away from it.

Gregory Stapp received his BA from the University of Oklahoma and is currently an MFA student at Queens University of Charlotte. His poems have appeared in qarrtsiluni, Eunoia Review, Outside In Literary and Travel Magazine, ditch, and Gutters and Alleyways: Perspectives on Poverty and Struggle.

Christopher Davis is a real estate economist with an enthusiasm for photography whose interest comes directly from his multi-Oscar award-winning father who was a motion picture production designer.