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A Garden That We Once Knew

Teodora is a bilingual writer. She is the author of two books, a poetry volume and a collection of short stories.


There you are, in a garden that I used to know

sleeping like a statue carved from a rib of time

which was once a body pulsating with alluring aliveness...

musk coating your temples in a vain attempt to mask your white hairs

blades of grass growing from the soles of your feet

- tiny extensions of your desire to find your roots

do you remember?

I kiss your silent lips

they taste like tree bark and butterfly wings.

I place my head on your chest (I barely find it under all that ivy)

and take in the forgotten beauty of your breath.

My beloved, when have you dozed off?

Or perhaps I am the one sleeping


in a garden that you used to know.

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