Lines and Circles

By Jim Pascual Agustin

after Kieslowski’s “Red”

Three red cherries deliver a flood
of coins to fill your bad luck jar:
worry instead of joy. Your own
way of preparing for a day bound
to be askew. The people you love,
just pictures and voices

from a past that wants
to hold you back. But there is
always something around
the corner: a dog that tries
to leave its owner, a man
who listens to the intimate

conversations of neighbours,
a future love who will hold
your hand as you catch
a glimpse of a watery grave.
It is rare to see a smile
behind a window shattered

by a rock. But it happens.
And you never know when
until the last jittery frame.


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