‘Forward’ by Fauzia Rafique

Forward

-looking exercise lands me
in trouble
time
and again. Imagine: skyline
at the end of the sea
water surrounds parched
dry
land. Standing
at the shore by the pacific
ocean, i’m thirst-ing
for water a
bit of
moisture. Sun flared
atmosphere, charred trees
shade delusional
dreams, time
no time, I’m try
-ing
to breathe radioactive
air. What
does it mean to
breathe radio
active air to
drink contami
nated water to
eat gmo food stem
celled meat. Define:
Suffocate – hundreds of factory workers
Dehydrate – friends in far off cities
Starve – thousands
Poison – millions
bomb – billions
of people. Define:
Anti/ci/pate – Look
forward to
Another casual
usual normal
Death
-ly occurrence.
..

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