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the essay of our lives​

Anitha Devi Pillai

once i thought we had

a colon

followed by happy moments.


our story in

three happy memories

categorized neat paragraphs

one troubled instance

included for variation.


then i thought we had

a string of commas

capturing slices of life


our story in

several slices or phases

proportioned clear sections

one concise summary

composed for cohesion.


yesterday i wished we had

a semi-colon

connecting gendered voices


our story in

two gendered faces

presented as perspectives

a writer’s voiceover

uniting the soliloquies.


but i found the full-stop

buried between us.


you are another sentence.

First published in Cathexis Northwest Press, 2019

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