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Michael Broder


Astrologers seek the details of your birth--
date, time, location--
to chart your zodiac, where the planets dwelt
as heaven wheeled over your crossing.

As an alternative, you may provide two dates
important by your own estimation: as if to say
your destiny is symmetrical; any two points of departure
form a triangle with your point of entry.

Ignoring your own particulars, what dates do you give?

1. His heart stops while you sleep in another room
2. A drop of blood on a sliver of glass beneath the pathologist’s lens