The past is the past, but it's always presentTwelve-year-old twin sisters Emily and Nan were away
- Olga Maria Rodriguez Farinas
at summer camp when their parents were slain in a suburban
home invasion robbery. The sisters were whisked from camp
by their kindly godparents, who raised them in the same
community, where they too, owned a home. Although each girl
had her own separate friends, they got along fine and shared
a powerful and consoling silent bond. At school, they continued
to excel. Occasionally, an adult or a kid would point and whisper,
cutting deep, all others seemed comfortable with the unspoken
taboo on the subject. The sisters went on to different colleges
out-of-state, where they married, lived, and had families
of their own. They did not, however, maintain any contact.
Ted Jonathan is a poet and short story writer. Born and raised in the Bronx, he now lives in New Jersey. His work has appeared in New York Quarterly, Web Del Sol Review, Pedestal, Hiram Poetry Review, Jewish Currents and many other magazines and anthologies. Translations of his poetry have appeared in Russian magazines. His first collection Spiked Libido was published by Neukeia Press. Bones & Jokes, his most recent full-length collection of poems and short stories, has been published by NYQ Books.