Paradise

exotic destination
obsessively pursued
to facilitate escape
from the developed world,
a getaway inarticulately
described as romantic
by commercial advertisers
that desire a return
for their investment
from naive consumers
still desperate to believe
that foreign cultural magic,
and undiscovered mysteries
will offer salvation
from the megalopolis
they helped create

why else do we enjoy
horror movies that depict
well-intentioned vacationers,
mercilessly hunted
by the sleeping monsters
time forgot, if but
to mock our hubris
through metaphor?

© Emerys Watchel, 2016 All rights reserved.

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