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Whatever Can’t Be Swept Away Will Always Refuse to Disappear

Photograph by Jose Padua
The dust we left behind
in our old apartment in
a building that’s now all
expensive condos in which
we could never afford to
live will never disappear.
It’s still there deep within
the heavy brick walls like
an old layer of lead paint
or a secret lost in the history
of the way things used to be
but never were for the rest
of us. And once in an odd
while a speck of us will
escape into the atmosphere,
make its way into the eye
or nose of whoever’s living
there now, making them sneeze
or cry or scratch an itchy spot
somewhere on back of the neck
as we laugh our rough but
beautiful laughs because the future
has failed to put an end to us.

-Jose Padua

Photograph by Jose Padua