Remember

Photograph by Jose Padua
Remember all ye tedious millionaires the bent
honeysuckle whose white flowers bloom in the
late spring. Remember the burden of the books
you burn, the smoke that stains the glass you

look through every morning and the false smiles
you pawn like old guitars with your quick and
clean motions. The less we know the easier you
breathe. The less we know the easier it is for you

to pass the blame. What I remember is the land-
scape of a place I never knew the name of. We
were somewhere, in the country, getting out of
our ’59 Chevy Impala, and the ground felt more

secure beneath my feet then, and I walked straight
ahead to a house where I saw people inside, speaking.

– Jose Padua

Photograph by Jose Padua

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