Need is Cold with Cloud
Trees by the windows of the bus,
mountains by the wing: troubles
fade with distance, how many miles.
Need is cold with cloud, street
good for suitcases, sodden breath,
questions laid down on pavement.
A familiar voice glides its answers in
the wind, but wears the face of
a stranger, whose sidewalk, street.
A cut strong enough to out the abcess,
fills the void with piano concertos or
the monotone analysis of toilet training.
There is a hole in the park outside,
the earth’s blood curious & clear:
points of reference on a creased map.
Trees, mountains, personal history,
all as inarticulate as the adulterer
asleep with another in his own bed.
In the brain’s convolutions, study is
no help when ghosts of past & future
congregate for dialogue & confusion.
Eugene Stevenson is the son of immigrants, the father of expatriates, & lives in the mountains of western North Carolina. His poems have appeared in Angel City Review, DASH, Gravel, The Hudson Review, The Loch Raven Review, October Hill, The Poet, South Florida Poetry Journal, Swamp Ape Review, and Tipton Poetry Journal, among others.