716 | The heart regenerates – VOLJA HAPEYEVA, Belarus

painting by ithaca 716

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.


this means
I think

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

will intermingle

in my garden of mutants

where we lost our way.



English translation Annie Rutherford


from: “In my garden of mutants
Arc Publications, UK, 2021