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Did You Know?

RTs are not endorsements

Dinosaurs are not ballerinas

Words shapeshift as they please

Promises are not forged of steel


April is not the cruellest month

Eliot got it wrong, ask January

if you don’t believe me

or December, deep and dark.


The witches were not

looking to make trouble

Macbeth was hungry

He had murder on his mind


Sometimes one plus one

Doesn’t add up to two

Depends on who is counting

Depends on whose data it is


Democracies can be autocracies

Dictators wear smart disguises


Just because votes are cast

Just because elections are held

Freedom is not a given


Elections are not guardrails

Democracy can be shot dead

as polling booths fill up

And the firing squad takes aim

singing the nation’s praises.

Image by Álvaro Serrano

Vineetha Mokkil is the author of the short story collection A Happy Place and other stories (HarperCollins). Her fiction has appeared in Jellyfish Review, Fictive Dream, The Bombay Review, Asian Cha, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, the Santa Fe Writers’ Project Journal and in The Best Asian Short Stories 2018 (Kitaab, Singapore) and the Punch Magazine Anthology of New Writing (Niyogi Books, Delhi). She was shortlisted for the Bath Flash Fiction Award and was a nominee for Best Small Fictions 2019.

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