Eugene Stevenson – At the Plastics Fair

Eugene Stevenson, son of immigrants, and father of expatriates, lives in the mountains of western North Carolina USA. An Eisenhower Fellow, Pushcart Prize nominee & author of the chapbook, The Population of Dreams (Finishing Line Press 2022), his poems have appeared in The Hudson Review, In Parentheses, San Pedro River Review, Third Wednesday, Tipton Poetry Journal, & Washington Square Review among others.

At the Plastics Fair

Plastic in geometric
multiples: plastic mountains,
plastic rivers, plastic cities.
A flower wrests a small space,
steals sun & water, harvests
fire & earth, grows its music.

The edelweiss hums Bach,
moves on to Beethoven.
Petals blush with bloom in
the face of northern winter,
defy winds of plastic commerce,
translate the Babel of plastic language.

Altbier & Gewürtztraminer feed
the garden. The Rhine waters
the garden. The Altstadt is young,
the garden freshly planted.
For days, Spring resides in the Messe,
possibility even at the Plastics Fair.

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