• Vol. 07
  • Chapter 12
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Self-Cultivation During the Pandemic

I mix the colours,
blue and yellow,
rain and sunshine,
feel them stimulate
the growth – all mine –
the roots, the stalks,
the leaves, the flowers.
I paint a picture of myself
to fill the lonely hours,
water my imagination,
comb my untamed coiffure
and snip it into some kind
of shape with topiary scissors.
Despite the isolation,
I thrive on self-cultivation.