POETRY
I Prefer Not To
Shloka Shankar

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The wordy gurdy stands
quiet in the middle of my head;
missing pieces [with just enough
shine] rubber-banded tog-
ether in a parodic coldness,
an emptiness with teeth.

Swirling dust-helixes
grow from the bottom
of my conscience with a brittle
xylophone sound. 

Walking in soft stutters,
the situation will clarify itself. 

 

Source: A remixed poem composed from select lines and phrases from chapters 5, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, and the Epilogue of Bag of Bones by Stephen King.


Shloka Shankar is a freelance writer from Bangalore, India. She loves experimenting with Japanese short-forms of poetry, as well as found/remixed pieces alike. Her poems have most recently appeared in After the Pause, Jazz Cigarette, Under the Basho, Right Hand Pointing, Failed Haiku, and so on. Shloka is the founding editor of the literary & arts journal, Sonic Boom.