Sunflower


BY AMELIA ZHOU

 

What colour are you?

 

                                                                                          Yellow

 

Like a sunflower?

 

                                    Yeah I multiply under the sun

 

Are you alive?

 

Old story of a language bruise

 

Afraid?

 

                  Yes, in the shattering of oil

 

At what point?

 

The hardening of arterial walls

 

Does it breed anger?

 

No—fear

 

A poison?

 

Always worse with intent

 

Will you survive?

 

Only as a flower ever does

 

How?

 

Like bloom in Death Valley

 
 

About the author

Amelia Zhou is an arts worker and writer living in Sydney. She edits non-fiction for Voiceworks and produces for FBi Radio’s Backchat. Her interests lie in contemporary dance, the interplay between poetics and the moving body, and performance as a tool for decolonial futurities. 

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