Return to Forever

creative nonfiction flash

Jim Esch
3 min readJun 16, 2021

In Spring 2020, not long before the pandemic came crashing down, I published a couple of new pieces in Willows Wept Review. This one is a bit like a prose poem, yet non-fiction based, so I settled on “creative non-fiction flash.” The title “Return to Forever” is an allusion to the 1970’s jazz fusion band, a thematic focal point for the whole piece. Plastic Fantastic was a used record store in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, way back in the 1980's.

The fusion of June green leaves, a dry breeze, boundless blue above, and Return to…