Growing Through the Sidewalk

by Gerry Stewart


Too tight, to tighten our bonds

until we each believed

we couldn’t push beyond.


The comfort in conformity,

a beauty in treading

the solid, cemented lines

decided by another,

hindered like tree roots

following the maze

of a brick terrace

to reach fertile soil.


Struggling to thrive,

breaking the hard limits

to find a fingerhold,

a knuckle of space to breathe.


Released into the open,

we burst into flower.



Gerry Stewart is a poet, creative writing tutor and editor based in Finland. Her poetry collection Post-Holiday Blues was published by Flambard Press, UK. In 2019 she won the ‘Selected or Neglected Collection Competition’ with Hedgehog Poetry Press for her collection Totems. Her writing blog can be found at and @grimalkingerry on Twitter.





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