A Leaflet in the Wind – Richard Fein
A Leaflet in the Wind
She floated through the crowd like a leaflet in the wind,
to protest a war or support one;
she didn’t know which.
The speeches were garbled, the flyers confusing
but she loved the songs.
Around her all linked hands and so did she.
An electricity ran through them all.
Even she felt the powerful charge―slightly.
But she linked to no one when the chain broke
and then like smoke they all drifted away.
A strong evening breeze stirred the discarded flyers
which blew hard politics against the wire fence.
That same breeze blew her dress up but she hardly noticed.
For the evening park lights turned into ballroom chandeliers,
and she was lost in the arms of some shy bachelor
who came out of the crowd and asked her to dance.
But a garbage truck honked and opened her eyes
and she wandered off again entirely alone
going east, or west, or north, or south.
Richard Fein was a finalist in The 2004 New York Center for Book Arts Chapbook Competition. A Chapbook of his poems was published by Parallel Press, University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has been published in many web and print journals such as Cordite, Cortland Review, Green Silk Journal, Birmingham Poetry Review, Mississippi Review, Paris/atlantic, Canadian Dimension, Black Swan Review, Exquisite Corpse, Foliate Oak, Morpo Review, Oregon East, Southern Humanities, Parnassus Literary Review, Small Pond, Bad Penny Review, The Kentucky Review and many others.