A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & Owner
Ray Rasmussen, General Editor

Volume 13, Number 3, September 2019

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Shloka Shankar
Bangalore, Karnataka, India

The Twins

According to the U.S. census, more twins
are born under Gemini than any other zodiac sign.

I’m ruled by the twins
but I’m sans siblings.
Mercurial? Probably.
I might not even follow
this train of thought
long enough for you to…

in media res my story and yours

I read somewhere (I know where
but I’d rather not say)
that our little Gemini hearts
contain, would you believe it, secret rooms.
Yes. Plural.
Most of mine are locked.
Barricaded. Years of disuse.
Maybe one, okay, two of them
might contain a trunk
full of notes-to-self,
contradictory pieces
of an unfinished jigsaw.

It also said (quite flatteringly)
that we often paint the sky
our own shade of blue.
I pick lapis lazuli.
Or cobalt.
Give it a few days, will you?

starry night…
I stop connecting
the dots