catcalling – by phillipe chatelain


next time you see a person
you’re not male or female
whether or not they’re male or female
no matter how they’re dressed
no matter how they look
tell them to smile.
but tell them this to brighten up their day,
not to hit on them.

imagine for a moment a world where we all check ourselves
and each other.
we make happiness, or expressions of it,
a social norm. a standard.

“hey, please smile”
almost as if it’s expected of you
as it should be.
breathing, alive, grateful.

Phillipe Martin Chatelain is a poet and co-founder of In Parentheses. Based in New York City,
he is currently pursuing a Creative Writing MFA at The New School for Public Engagement while succumbing to a caffeine addiction working as a barista in Midtown.

Author: Mr. Phillipe

Phillipe Martin Chatelain / @uptownvoice / Phillipe is the Managing Editor of In Parentheses. He is a poet from New York City with a Masters Degree in Poetry from The New School. He writes as someone in the tradition of the urban troubadour or the flaneur–wandering, taking notes. He believes that poetry of our generation has taken on a much more digital definition. Furthermore, it is important for New Modernist writers like those exhibited in In Parentheses Literary Magazine to assume the forms of media available in order to carry on the history of Sublime Art. His series taking shots alone was self-published in 2012-2015. The self-published collection FACETS (2019) is now available.

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