Big Sunflower


Violet Mitchell

I put my mouth on your mouth I put my night on your night I put my mouth on
your night your eyes are a different color from this angle when I kiss you I think
about eyelashes & guns I think of limbs left behind I held your hand & that was a
damn accomplishment I keep my nails long for you I keep my lips moisturized I
want my mouth to always be on you to be sucking lightly on your skin to be sucking
the love right out of you I want to kiss you in front of strangers without worrying
that they will push us into a back alley to teach us a lesson you drew a map of the
flower store & in the sunflower section you drew a smile & I felt like I had never
seen one

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Violet Mitchell

is a Denver-based writer and artist. She earned a B.A S. in cognitive literary studies and is completing an MFA degree in creative writing poetry, both from Regis University. Her work has been published in Heavy Feather Review, The Blue Route, Sixfold, Loophole, ANGLES, Furrow Magazine, and several other journals. She received the Robert A. O'Sullivan, S.J. Memorial Award for Excellence in Writing in 2019. She is a queer writer who explores her own identity through art that hopefully transcends the page and helps others discover and come to terms with their identity and beauty.