Painting by Natalia Fernández Díaz-Cabal
The heart regenerates
more slowly than other organs
and is never renewed completely,
that’s what it says in the textbook.
that everyone in there will remain.
the left side of one person’s body will be erased
a face will disappear
a new one growing in place of the old.
languages, years, names
in my garden of mutants
where we lost our way.
VOLJA HAPEYEVA (Belarus),
English translation Annie Rutherford
from: “In my garden of mutants”
Arc Publications, UK, 2021