Their Second Adventure by Renée Sarojini Saklikar

Poem name: Their Second Adventure Poet name: Renée Sarojini Saklikar Poem: Once inside a Portal, they would divine  streetside or mountains, rivers, oceans, maps a fist full of soil, their nose to the wind iterations of this blue-green planet decades, centuries, era to epoch in the Before-Time and after their days  in a café on Rue Mallarmé, that black book, unlined, cream pages, a few marks left open with a felt pen inside, no sign of them, on the wall a painting rescued from that fire, singed edges framed, hung over that threshold, carved greetings in wood golden locket opened from round that neck 			that time they met, diving into the wreck. End of poem.  Credits and bio: Copyright © Renée Sarojini Saklikar Previously published in Bramah and The Beggar Boy (Nightwood Editions, 2021). Renée Sarojini Saklikar is a writer and lawyer who lives in Vancouver on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples. Her work appears in many journals and anthologies, and she is the author of four books, including the ground-breaking poetry book, children of air india, about the bombing of Air India Flight 182 which won the Canadian Authors Association Poetry Prize; and is the co-author, with Dr. Mark Winston, of the poetry and essay collection, Listening to the Bees, winner of the 2019 Gold Medal Independent Publishers Book Award, Environment/Ecology. Renée Sarojini works the epic, reclaiming it for climate justice and a diverse cast of heroes, in her long poem project, THOT J BAP, The Heart of This Journey Bears All Patterns, an epic fantasy in verse. The first book in this series is Bramah and The Beggar Boy, (Nightwood Editions, 2021). For more information on this epic series as well as a statement of poetics, please visit Renée Sarojini was the inaugural Poet Laureate for the City of Surrey (2015-2018), and she teaches creative writing as well as law and ethics for writer and editors.