Richard Stuecker

Richard Stuecker is a poet and writer who graduated from Duke University in 1970. A Pushcart Prize nominee, he is a student at the Bluegrass Writer’s Studio MFA program at Eastern Kentucky University. His poems have appeared in or been accepted by Tilde, Former People, Pegasus, Main Street Rag and District Lit; creative nonfiction in Hippocampus, Connotation Press, Brilliant Flash Fiction, Crambo, Louisville Magazine and Delmarva Review; book reviews in the Louisville Courier-Journal. A collection of essays on conscious aging, Vibrant Emeritus, was published in 2014 by John Hunt Publishing (London).

Evening Walk


An urgent wind thrusts us,

relents an occasional pause

to our daily walk. Not knowing

what might blow in,

our faulty pace quickens us

to remember much we lost

that meant everything once,

now flutter, swirl, vanish

into the moonless sky.

Turning back, the way

we always turn toward

where we come from,

against chill reminiscence

rising less and less, more and more

we lock the door to still the night.