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The Astrology of Numbers
A motor engine
when a woman,
language in her breast,
mistakes pleasure seized
for pleasure gained.
When I think of the difference
between a millimeter and a half,
I think of rulers
broken in two.
Numbers have always been
a game for us girls.
Who looks at the stars
and thinks of counting?
Constellations are the work of sisters,
I tell you.
Civilizations were made by children,
restless. In between
the spear and the sparrow
I thought god up.
Now teach me more songs about longing;
I’ll lay our passports to sleep.
Why concern them with borders?
We’ll travel by the hour.
When you ask me about the holy spirit,
My school of thought
When you’re with me,
and hands at their supplest.
No deity will pass
through these doors tonight.
We’ll make our own stories.Alejandra Cabezas
Using details ranging from the everyday and intimate, to the celestial and epic, our latest Podcast is a poetic and musical piece – “The Astrology of Numbers”, by Alejandra Cabezas.
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Alejandra Cabezas is a poet and storyteller from Antiguo Cuscatlan, El Salvador. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in 128 Lit, No Tokens Journal, Pleiades, Moida Magazine, Lupercalia Press, CURA, and elsewhere. She was named Poet of the Month by YES Poetry in May 2021 and represented Mount Holyoke at the 98th Glascock Poetry Contest. She currently resides in the Netherlands, where she is receiving an MA in Museums and Heritage.