Size / / /

Occasionally a mirror reflects
out of boredom a dreamy face,
two eyes glittering with life
and a paper-creased forehead,
as I flip, zoom, turn, and pinch, 
and shift my attention 
from the gorilla screen 
to five straw-fitted elephants,
riding an Indian saucer, 
honking a wind chime
with their baby trunks.

Twenty-five centuries of space 
and time trapped inside a library 
of a gold-teethed memory chip.
Isn't it amazing? 
A time machine made out 
of zeroes and ones entirely!

Our existence has reduced to binary digits,
to be summoned by strangers at their will; 
awakened by man’s memory,
his loneliness and her curiosity.




Salik Shah is the founding editor of Mithila Review. His poetry, fiction and non-fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Strange Horizons, Asimov’s Science Fiction and Juggernaut, among other publications. You can find him on Twitter: @salik.
Current Issue
16 Jan 2017

Strange Horizons
Podcast: A Box of Thunder 
By: Lewis Shiner
Podcast read by: Anaea Lay
Podcast: Difference of Opinion 
By: Meda Kahn
Podcast read by: Anaea Lay
Blood, Blood 
Podcast: Blood, Blood 
By: Abbey Mei Otis
Podcast read by: Anaea Lay
Tyrannia 
Podcast: Tyrannia 
By: Anya Johanna DeNiro
Podcast read by: Anaea Lay
The Red Bride 
Podcast: The Red Bride 
By: Samantha Henderson
Podcast read by: Anaea Lay
You Are Here 
Constellations of You 
Rebel 
Friday: The Pesthouse by Jim Crace and The Carhullan Army by Sarah Hall 
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