Party Invitation for the Age of Unnatural Disasters

Photograph by Jose Padua
If life were like
a perfume commercial
I’d be spending
even more time
than I already do
gazing pensively
into the distance
the top buttons
of my shirt undone
my lips parted slightly
as if I am about to
speak but can’t
because it takes
all the energy I have
all the ability
and precious mental space
just to breathe and
remember what the world
has done to us
and to consider
all the shit
that’s about to
happen.

-Jose Padua

Photograph by Jose Padua

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4 responses to “Party Invitation for the Age of Unnatural Disasters

  1. I like the dichotomy of this poem. It seamlessly breaks right in the middle and turn from light to serious. In times like these, I find it helpful to remember that the world is simply protecting itself. Nothing is meant by the continual shit.

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