Turn to the Sun (Gira al Sol)

By Melinda Gonzalez

What if:

I wrote a poem about daffodils

instead of worrying about how I will pay my rent next month

I wrote a poem about daisies

whilst ignoring debates on whether my blood quantum measures quite enough

What if:

I wrote a poem about carnations

without remembering the stiff cold bodies laid in caskets much too young

Tio, te extraño.

I could write a poem about tulips

without feeling the pressure to always sacrifice self as mother

What if:

I could write a poem about baby’s breath

recalling those days when I was loved,

before his smiles faded to crooked mouth, ajar with rage

What if:

I could write a poem

turn my face to the sun

be a flower.

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