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OUT OF OFFICE: 2041

by Kayla Martell Feldman


that can fuck off


This question has made me existential


by the sea

with a dog

and some wine


retired and wealthy


making lots of money


somewhere fabulous


a doting granny


probably on the verge of the same burnt out

breakdown I’ve been on most of my twenties


On the beach with a beer and my bearded

bae having sent our babies on their merry

way!


Alive!

Traveling,

happy


In a mirror.

Old.

Unemployable,

in desperate need of a dentist

cursing Harvard.


I’d be surprised if I were still living

but hopefully

helping out.


gardening,

crafting,

maybe some livestock,

some partners,

maybe some foster kids,

probably caring for my disabled sister.


land in the forest

or by the coast

living in my tiny home

with many animals


in a larger place


overseeing a hospital,

possibly in a Scandinavian country.


enjoying time with family and friends,

especially grandchildren!


Where I am now,

but with more skills and paid better.

Pretty much exactly as I am right now except

in my 50s

and therefore fighting for

relevancy/acceptance in my own field.

Shit, man.


Exactly the same

but with several dogs and terrible arthritis


with a drivers license and a car

with a partner

maybe a dog

working in disaster relief


Absolutely no clue

seconded

thirded


Alive for starters!


Bushey

Central Park

Florida.

(Switzerland somewhere)

(or Colorado???)


ideally outside of London.


Worm food


drunk


Caught


Hopefully happy

With a dog by my side


Man plans.

God laughs.


I don’t like to think that far in advance tbh

I don’t really like thinking in advance at

all I don’t have a plan


Looking down from the Gods

writing novels in the clouds

in case anyone sees them

and takes a blind bit of notice

to an old

happy

ghost.

 

About the author:

Kayla (she/they) is a founding member of Sovereign Writers Group and co-hosts Process, a monthly spoken word night. She’s had work published by Fifth Wheel Press, Popshot Quarterly, Derailleur Press, Moonlove, and 9VT\5, and been featured on the Artists That Work and Dead Darlings podcasts. Last year she published her debut poetry collection, TIKVA.

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