Enigmatic Tweets of the Food Service Industry by Jose Padua

Photo by Jose Padua

Enigmatic Tweets of the Food Service Industry

The rain at the shore today
came down in contoured sheets
with a thread count high enough
to satisfy those for whom a
high thread count matters. Then
it came down in multi-colored
plastic buckets of the kind that
kids use on the beach to play
with the sand and which if discarded
will eventually decompose but will
also release harmful chemicals
which is indicative of a lack
of conscience and foresight on
the part of the plastic bucket
industry. I would say we should
apologize for all these indiscretions
but has the universe, for instance,
ever apologized for the effect of
the moon on the Maryland crabs
we had as part of our surf and turf
special? But that’s just arrogance’
on our part, comparing ourselves
to the grander elements of existence.
But are we not grand, some of you
may ask, with our beautiful beach
bodies and our youth and golden
glowing tans, and isn’t the invention
of the thong bikini proof enough
of the beauty of our vision, that
we innovate so well for the purpose
of better revealing our beautiful
asses? I truly believe that one day
everything around us will revolt.
The cows will cease to moo and
instead will threaten to fuck us up;
the frogs will conjure up clever ways
to waste us while making that ribbit
sound, and the ice will melt and never
stop melting because melting, for them,
is the perfect language with which to
call us losers, and because like the
small number of people who own
the large number of people, they were
never very good at asking questions.

~Jose Padua

Photo by Jose Padua

José PaduaJosé Padua’s poetry and fiction have appeared in Bomb, Salon.com, Exquisite Corpse, Another Chicago Magazine, Unbearables, Crimes of the Beats, Up is Up, but So Is Down: New York’s Downtown Literary Scene, 1974-1992, and many other journals and anthologies. He has also written features and reviews for NYPress, Washington City Paper, the Brooklyn Rail and the New York Times. He has read his work at the Lollapalooza Festival, CBGBs, the Knitting Factory, the Black Cat Club, the Public Theater, the Washington Project for the Arts, and many other venues. José also blogs at Shenandoah Breakdown with his life partner, poet Heather Davis, and at the blog, Kings of the Road, and for Salon.com. José Padua’s most recent collection of poetry is a chapbook, The Complete Failure of Everything (2008: The Apathy Press Poets, Baltimore).

Photograph by Jose Padua. Jose Padua is co-author of the blog Shenandoah Breakdown.

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