Deborah Paredez

San Antonio, Texas
Deborah Paredez
San Antonio, Texas
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Wife's Disaster Manual

When the forsaken city starts to burn,
after the men and children have fled,
stand still, silent as prey, and slowly turn

back. Behold the curse. Stay and mourn
the collapsing doorways, the unbroken bread
in the forsaken city starting to burn.

Don't flinch. Don't join in.
Resist the righteous scurry and instead
stand still, silent as prey. Slowly turn
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Tessa Roods 04 February 2016
Powerful! It transported me to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I bear witness to the destruction of that city decades later; but the beautiful spirit of the people, I could never fully capture in words. Their distinct energy was very profound. Thank you for sharing.
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