Every 10 years, when state legislators take the bird’s-eye view and dice Texas into U.S. congressional districts, Houston subdivides into a tapestry of squiggles and polygons (something that will take place again in 2021). One might identify this map as the product of partisan gerrymandering. Houstonia, on the other hand, staring at it ahead of next month's elections, takes the inkblot approach and sees a bunch of funny shapes. Below, a glimpse into our mind’s political eye:

Image: Amy Kinkead

The District: TX-2

Outgoing Representative: Ted Poe (R)

What We See: 

A boa constrictor mid-meal, strangulating electoral competition in a district snaking improbably from Kingwood to Klein to the Med Center.

Image: Amy Kinkead

The District: TX-7

Incumbent Representative: John Culberson (R)

What We See:

A steam-belching locomotive, mocking the Inner Loopers still waiting for that METRO light rail expansion blocked by Culberson.

Image: Amy Kinkead

The District: TX-9

Incumbent Representative: Al Green (D)

What We See:

A mermaid casually smoking a cigarette, daring a Republican to break more than a century of Democratic domination (minus one ’90s-era exception).

Image: Amy Kinkead

The District: TX-18

Incumbent Representative: Sheila Jackson Lee (D)

What We See: 

An anglerfish, complete with bioluminescent protrusion to ensure cameras find publicity-hound Rep. Jackson Lee, even in the dark.

Image: Amy Kinkead

The District: TX-29

Outgoing Representative: Gene Green (D)

What We See: 

A dragon, a creature as mythical and elusive as Sylvia Garcia, who, after winning her March primary, is on the cusp of becoming Houston’s first Latina elected to Congress.

Image: Amy Kinkead

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