Special Project: 45 Poems: Reflection & Response
Poetry by Maria DePaul
(Washington, DC, USA)
Design for a Glass House
|Published January 17, 2019
|Poetry by Maria DePaul - 45 Poems - Eleventh Transmission
Design For A Glass House
by Maria DePaul
How to Create a Blueprint for a Glass House:
Set the entryway wide enough to accommodate its delusional owner, who
will be adorned with invisible raiment crafted by swindlers intent on
robbing the Kingdom.
Place a dock at the foot of a hill facing the embankment of the Capitol’s
main river, so that local fishermen may use it to harvest the last
remaining marine life.
Frame the entire structure with chrome and brushed aluminum so that the
reflective surfaces, combined with the reflective glass, confuses
passing birds into frequent crashes.
Don’t forget that the grand U-shaped driveway must be preceded by a
tree lined lane for motorcades to make wide turns into and out of the
The entire facade must be as expansive as it is empty so that even
passengers in planes overhead can be reminded of the glorious
ruler who lives there.
Finally, assure that both interior and exterior lighting is set to maximum
brightness so that the facility may be viewed from space at all times.
Maria DePaul is a writer based in Washington, DC, whose work has been
featured in 50 Haikus, Haiku Journal, Poetry Quarterly, Three Line Poetry,
81 Word Stories, and Nine Lives: A Life in 10 Minutes Anthology. Look for
her work in upcoming issues of Nature Writing, Violet Windows, and
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