December 26, 2014

Metropolitan by Jeanine Stevens

It was important then to be tasteful,
mirrored tiles, gold streaked 
or gray smoked, a popular item.
Used extensively as panels
on dining room walls, 
a touch of elegance, 
1970’s version of savoir faire.
Friends hosted a dinner party,
game hens, the stuffing rich
with caraway seeds and brown rice. 
I glanced at our images. 
Mirrors obscured faces, difficult 
to see intimate interactions. 
We talked through fog.
Some would think the little squared 
reflections a source of comfort, 
instead the surface 
appeared impenetrable.
I watched the clock and noticed
puffy black stars emerged 
from a gold flecked ceiling. 
Jeanine Stevens has three Pushcart Nominations, and was the 2013 winner of The Macguffin Poet Hunt for her poem "New Delhi," judged by Philip Levine. Her work has appeared in Poet Lore, South Dakota Review, Valparaiso Poetry Journal and Ekphrasis. She is the author of "Sailing on Milkweed."

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