HANDLE WITH CARE
A USPS priority mail shipping label to be put on a large flat rate box, with return address to Jeff Bezos, Cadaver Headquarters. Bezos wanted to call his company "Cadabra," and didn't because "Cadaver" sounds similar. The tracking number encrypts the date of the first case of the novel coronavirus in the United States, the amount Bezos has profited from the pandemic, and the number of Covid-19 deaths to date in the nation. The package is to be shipped to RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW (Facebook and Instagram’s address). In the bottom right corner, the contents of the package are listed: FRAGILE CONTENTS HANDLE WITH UTMOST CARE, FAITH-X3.343million, LARGE, SELFIESTICK, (7)toilet_paper-I, etc. to describe what the greater population of American people want to purchase. The order number encrypts the year 2020 combined with the Hebrew calendar year 5780, which is believed to be the seventh millennium and connote a time of rest. The irony is that Amazon and USPS employees are working overtime and seven days per week to sustain the United States. This piece is a critique of capitalism, the power the average American has to vote with her dollars, and the corruption of narcissism, vanity, and wealth.
Sara Paye was born in Portland, Oregon, and graduated from Azusa Pacific University in 2014. Now an artist in Las Vegas, Nevada, she is currently an MFA candidate for creative writing at Sierra Nevada University. Find Sara Paye's small gift business, Pivoting Poetry, on Etsy. She would love to write you a piece of custom poetry. sarapaye.com