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Kernel

Wednesday 3rd February 2021
by Sophya Polevaya

Mysterious
you are
the auburn rose
encased in 
my chest.

You silently
guide me
through the 
wild woodland 
of choice and 
changing guises
the light and 
shadow play
of life.

For life
we are
together
weaved
as one.

Your stem
and my spine
plaited
your thorns
carved upon
this braid
their grains
created from
gained wisdom
awakening
my inner strength.

Your leaves
a collage of
breathing fibres
our shared
washi parchment
to write on
for our secrets.

Your petals
sweet red velvet
delicate on touch
yet hold 
the weight of
my joys
as gold charms 
and my laments
as fresh tear water pearls
on an ever-growing 
chain of captured 
memories
my own cinematic loops 
made from 
chance strings.

Inside your fleshy cerise
a closed aperture kernel 
hiding
the golden set of keys
to the self 
and all the senses.

The heart.



Sophya Polevaya 2021