Querencia

Kayssie Kandiwa

 

It was solitary here. 

 

Depth, darkness, destruction.

 

Because this wasn't mine,

 

it somehow felt—

 

lighter,

 

shallow, like a conciliatory querencia.

 

 

I'd found serenity between these—

 

Blank spaces and full stops,

 

But then again this was just someone else's leftover ink,

 

splattered on dead leaves.

 


Kayssie Kandiwa is a seventeen-year-old poet who was born in Zimbabwe, but grew up in Ireland. She is open to trying new things, breaking boundaries, and rearranging rules. She has been published in literary magazines such as Unapologetic Magazine and Indie Affair.