Drought

sunflowers droop against the picket fence,
watch themselves left behind in red dirt,
miss seeds crunched in young jaws
& light streaming

(not burning)

& light streaming and playing with the rust-red water can

miss water
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.

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