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PAWS FOR ART: yellow carnation

i am the 

yellow carnation 

in a garden of vibrant white daisies. 


nobody wants to love

my blossoming of a body –

i am stripped of my petals every time 

a boy reminds me that i will never be enough. 


surprisingly, i am picked

to be in his vase with other yellow carnations 

and we find comfort in his home. 

but only two days go by, 

he pulls our legs out of the water

and throws us into his backyard. 

we are laying in the dirt & grass,

he kills us off before we had the chance to say goodbye. 


he replaces us with white daisies. 

he smiles. 

he loves the brightness they bring into his home. 


my arms wrap around the other carnations.

our legs can’t root into the dirt anymore.

we sob as our yellow petals fly into the wind. 



Calista Ogburn



Drawing by Ceyda Baysal.