Tag Archives: speech

If I Could Get High or Something

Photograph by Jose Padua
If I could get high
the way I used to,
I’d talk faster
than the speed of sound
to complete strangers,
tell them the deepest shit I know,
arcane knowledge,
incredible legends,
words from long lost texts,
stories only people
who are total insiders
would know or
even understand. Then,
when I’m done
and the people
have all gone home,
gone to sleep,
whatever,
I’ll make myself
a sandwich,
because when everything
has been said and done,
the only sensible thing
one can do
is to stop, eat, drink,
whatever,
and think about
the future
while staring straight ahead
into the distance.

-Jose Padua

Photograph by Jose Padua

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On the Revolutionary Properties of Sound and Speech

Photograph by Jose Padua
Silence is the edge of everything that makes sound;
the slicing tone of the violin is preceded
by a pushing back of the border
of everything that is not that tone.
The saxophone’s squeal punches holes
in the numb hush of space
while the banging of drums builds
a cloud of rhythm that stillness
can never enter.
When they come at us
with the blunt flash of their bullets
and other flying death machines
let us not suffer in silence
nor lay down our instruments and be meek.
Let every stark tower tremble
from the force of our sounds
and other forms of sharp speech.
Let us speak of impractical things.

-Jose Padua

Photograph by Jose Padua

In Acknowledgement of My Ancestors, Predecessors, and Everyone Else Who Dared Cut to the Truth of the Matter

Photograph by Jose Padua
I am indebted
to the weird
sometimes
indecipherable
black magic
of speech
and the fluid
motion of tongues
spilling the
content of
souls.

-Jose Padua

Photograph by Jose Padua