THE FUTURE IS NOW AND IT IS ADORABLE
One day kittens could become a major currency,
every country trading these adorable balls of fur
for potatoes or Camaros. This is very possible Harold!
One day we will have to carry large sacks
that are always meowing about the tight
spaces in which we crammed them, the very
hot conditions. I sweat just thinking about
all of these kittens, and how they will try to crawl
out of our sacks and we will have to press
their disappointed faces back into these deep
burlap bags where they may tumble around
for hours. That day could be tomorrow.
Today, we fold the faces of dead white men
in our pockets, but who knows what tomorrow
will bring? Fancy aircrafts or a new type of all-purpose vinegar.
I am allergic and will not make it in a world of kittens.
I will not be able to breathe while everyone buries
their faces in the soft bellies of their new
wealth so I wanted to tell you this much, Harold.
I have always admired the size of your head. From one
colossal head to another, it is amazing
that either of us own shirts that fit
the way they do, that accommodate
our ability to be allergic to kittens. Harold,
sometimes I think I am being reborn
when I put my head through another T-shirt.
Sometimes, I look out and can’t believe
I am able to see what I see.
Albert Abonado is the editor of The Bakery and curator of the Deep Fried Reading Series. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Rattle, Washington Square, Gargoyle, Guernica, Moon City Review, Bayou death hums, and Sugar House Review. He lives with his wife in Rochester, NY.