Sujata Bhatt




Always Choose the Jack of Hearts

Always choose the jack of hearts, my friend.

The king is blind, the queen is cold
          and the ace is full of lies.

But the jack of hearts
                 knows the way.

The jack of hearts can speak
              with worm-light
and crushed butterflies.

                                  * 

Does your soul have chromosomes too?

And a few broken cells?

What colour? What colour?

You’ll never know.

Can your soul really be
          a butterfly?