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Feather-mâché (poem)

Long ago, I was my own protector
and ravens were my sole darkness deflectors.
One day, their jet-black feathers they lent me;
a gift goddess must’ve sent all spent souls.
And in my cauldron I added:
flour, white glue, water.
I ripped open my chest with my bare right hand
and dipped each feather in the gelatinous concoction with the other.
One by one, I fused the quills to my heart,
until it became a glop of thudding ravenous plume.

With fishing line in their beaks and needles in their claws,
the ravens stitched me back up without a single flinch.
And I steady-marched forth
from my home’s fronts doors,
confident in the feathery shield I bore.
The core of me, to never yield to

But when mid-December’s gusts were a year-long reality,
the realization poured forth like severed dam:
Feathers had no place on the heart,
just the wings or Gaia’s grounds.
They protect the heart
by freeing it
by being nowhere near it.
If anything, they float in the ether as a reminder:
Be as light as us! Be as carefree as us!

So, the ravens pulled off the stitches,
and layer after layer,
I removed the feather-mâché
until all was crimson again.

Summer solstice made herself known to me
in the heart of winter that year,
in the form of self-love
and freeing love, the




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

23 thoughts on “Feather-mâché (poem)

  1. someone, Should, be there for every innocent – for every defenceless one.
    we are all, called to be their protectors.
    what a story you tell Evy. so stirring. moving the emotions in each of us with your words!

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