Blue Bonnet Review

A Literary Journal Featuring Poetry, Fiction and Nonfiction by Talented Writers Around the Globe

A literary journal featuring poetry, fiction and nonfiction by writers around the globe. 

The Doubles

Nels Hanson

Black then flaring white
the crow’s wings glint
in slanting sun, two birds
each the other’s shadow,
ivory dark-striped zebra,
chalk-striped sable horse,
yin and yang, print and
negative, black swimming
white-eyed fish with white
black-eyed twin in utero,
joined, divided by one S-
shaped cord spinning like
a whirlpool in the circled
mirror reversing up, down,
inside, out, left and right,
the doubles reflecting their
doubles, the coiled snakes
twining physician’s wand,
two eyes day, two night,
sun and full moon forever
staring one long instant to
discover what each one is
by what the other becomes.