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Jose Padua: These Rhymes Out to All the Nations

My sixteen year-old daughter shouts from downstairs,
“Mom? Mom!” and then again after getting no answer
shouts, “Mom? Mom? Mom!” which is when my nine-year
old son goes to the top of the stairs and shouts back, “She’s
on the phone” and waits a moment before adding, “Shut
the fuck up!” When he hears no further inquiry or attempt
at what he interprets as ill communication on the part of his
sister he says, “Thank you,” which I think goes to show how
sometimes it’s best to stay out of the way of your children’s
business, and that every day we stay alive is a reminder
that the universe is a thing of great natural beauty. 

Copyright 2023 Jose Padua

Photograph by Jose Padua

8 comments on “Jose Padua: These Rhymes Out to All the Nations

  1. Lisa Zimmerman
    May 4, 2023

    I love this poem—it made me laugh out loud 😆


  2. Bosselaar Laure-Anne
    May 3, 2023

    Perfect! P-E-R-F-E-C-T!


    • Vox Populi
      May 3, 2023

      Yes, perfect. Also funny and awe-inspiring.



    • shenandoahbreakdown
      May 3, 2023

      Thanks, Laure-Anne!


  3. Robert Wrigley
    May 3, 2023

    Yea, verily.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vox Populi
      May 3, 2023

      Indeed, it is. The older I get the more amazed I am.



    • shenandoahbreakdown
      May 3, 2023

      thank you, Robert!


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