POETRY
Mix-Tape
Shloka Shankar

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

I don't think I'm allowed
to land in a cloud. 

Why is nice bad?
I invented what it feels 

like to wait. It's not
a lie if you believe it.
[A word problem.]  

Could you make me a woman?
I’m still looking for the other 

half of my head
for reasons of conscience. 

A tape of nostalgic songs
borrowing things from my blood;

serenity now, insanity later. 
Freeze frame a moment

at the nexus of the universe
with some Scotch tape.

Now you know how I feel. 

 

Sources: A remixed poem composed from movie quotes, including Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion, Mrs. Doubtfire, My Girl, and the sitcom Seinfeld.


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.