sunflowers droop against the picket fence,
watch themselves left behind in red dirt,
miss seeds crunched in young jaws
& light streaming
& light streaming and playing with the rust-red water can
miss upraised faces, miss watching the sun / flower
into morning without dread
sunflowers sit through the night, hoping for abandonment
to dust and dark.
Elizabeth Freestone is a student and UK-based writer of poetry and prose. She won the BBC Young Writers’ Award in 2016.