Photo of the Day Poems – Of #FastFood and #Fashion

As I noted last week, these poems take a more lighthearted look at the world, specifically looking at fast food and fashion, though I doubt either situation would be seen as lighthearted by the soldiers lining the escalator or models walking the runway. Still, the images captured by these two photographers tell stories that go beyond heightened security measures for the spring festival in Wuhan, China or the latest fashions of the Schiaparelli spring/summer 2019 show in Paris. They both remind me of the essential need to laugh, even sometimes at ourselves. So whether you’re in for a Big Mac and fries or one of Alberta Ferretti’s bold creations, enjoy these reflections from January 2019.

Thursday, January 17, 2019 – Wuhan, China – Imaginechina/Rex/Shutterstock

May I Take Your Order – Vincent H. Anastasi

Who knew
those Golden Arches,
American emblem,
could be so threatening
as to demand a queue of soldiers
lining the escalator,
brandishing arms
to protect an ignorant populace
from the powerful propaganda
of two all-beef patties
and a happy meal?

Monday, January 21, 2019 – Paris, France – Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Fashion – Vincent H. Anastasi

Should you chance to be in Paris
Late this spring or summer,
You might just spot a sight sublime
Floating down the Champs Elysees:
A four-tiered, iridescent jellyfish
In shades of orange, pink, and purple,
Sprouting a stoic human head,
So unlike all other life
Borne along the current
Of the River Seine as it flows
Through the heart of Paris.
As with any jellyfish, beware its sting,
Especially should you wade too deep
In the aristocracy.

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