Posted in Misc. Poetry, Surrealist Poetry

My Matryoshka Doll (poem)


You keep your songs
in a quintuple cage
like a Russian nesting doll.

I have the diamond key,
but you filled the keyholes
with teary-cement long ago.

You’re the ballerina
in the doubled-locked
music box collecting
dust and rust.

I’m the hand pre-frostbite
trying to pry you open
to hear those warming sonatas
to prove to not me, but yourself:

Your heart hasn’t been replaced
by bricks and stuccoβ€”no.
Those are merely
the sound-proof walls
encasing it.

All you need is the earthquake
to make a cracked ash out of rock solid.
You’re the architect of the prison,
You’re the creator of a jailbreak.

I cannot force you to sing in front of me.
Collaborate with the force within you,
Give it permission and rest assured,
it’ll come out to play.

Β© 2015 – Eva PoeteX



Evy Zen (formerly Eva PoeteX) is a mystic poetess, eclectic artist, fiction writer, and wellness advocate who calls the Greater Cleveland area home sweet home. Born a Clevelander with a Greek lineage, the arts started being a major part of her life the moment she picked up her first crayon. To date, dozens of Evy's writings have been featured in publications like Thought Catalog, The Journey Magazine, and Journey of the Heart: Women's Spiritual Poetry. As a spoken word poet, she has also had the opportunity to collaborate with numerous musicians across the globe. Currently, Evy is the Founding Editor of Poehemian Press and runs the decade-young poetry website (formerly The Artistic Muse). Additionally, she is the author of several independently and locally published poetry books, including "Esoterra" and "Sacred Shapes." Furthermore, she works as a full-time freelance writer and editor. In 2012, Evy received a Bachelor of Arts degree (honors) in Creative Writing from Cleveland State University. She also obtained a Diploma (distinction) in Exercise Nutrition from Shaw Academy four years later. When she's not creating, Evy Zen recharges her batteries by reading her weight in books ("The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho is her personal favorite), going on epic bike rides, meditating to ambient music, and racing super cars behind the safety of her computer or TV screen. To find out more, visit her official website at

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