Accountability—owning up to losses and gains
extending one's wingspan, drifting along breezes
centered on gulf winds above a fluctuating draft,
still floating along until cited for transgressions or
simple bowing humble heads, acknowledge each
meager accomplishment like a single footstep
up a feeble ladder, moving skyward, yet firmly
rooted in stable granite cornerstones. The motion
towards greatness's neither mentioned nor
ignored, but rests like a supine corpse buried
in a shallow grave, recumbent and peaceful,
embracing culpability like a sleepy, long-lost lover.
An author, poet, educator, Sterling Warner's poems have appeared in many international literary magazines, journals and anthologies, including The Flatbush Review, The Chaffey Review, Leaf By Leaf, The Monterey Review, The Fib Review, Metamorphoses, Unlikely Stories Mark V, Literary Yard, Visual Verse, Street Lit: Representing The Urban Landscape, and The Atherton Review. Warner has published five collections of poetry: Without Wheels, Shadowcat, Rags And Feathers, Edges, and Memento Mori Redux. In August 2020, Warner further published Masques: Flash Fiction & Short Stories.