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Jose Padua: North Richmond Street, Being Blind

My eight-year old son Julien is singing
an East River Pipe song, going “I don’t care
about your blue wings, I don’t care about your
blue wings, baby” and my fifteen year old
daughter Maggie reads The Girl With Curious
Hair
 while my wife and I drink beer at the pub
on Main Street (Julien and Maggie, iced tea
and a coke) before we all go back to our old,
dirty, small-town house. This place used to be
called Helltown and some people still call it
that, except at that precise hour when the sky
over the mountains is a perfect flinty lapis lazuli
blue, and the river is a woman named Edna with
the most joyous laugh, or a man named John,
his kidney stone like a 12 gauge shotgun shell.
He hopes to pass it before his Monday night
factory shift, the roughest in all the valley.


Copyright 2022 Jose Padua

Photograph by Jose Padua


2 comments on “Jose Padua: North Richmond Street, Being Blind

  1. loranneke
    July 19, 2022

    There is not ONE poem by Jose PADUA that I don’t like! This one’s a beaut! “This place used to be
    called Helltown and some people still call it
    that, except at that precise hour when the sky
    over the mountains is a perfect flinty lapis lazuli
    blue, and the river is a woman named Edna with
    the most joyous laugh, (…)”

    Like

    • Vox Populi
      July 19, 2022

      Thanks, Laure-Anne. I’ve been a fan of Jose’s for many years.

      M.

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