Poetry & Fiction


Read by the author.
Yellow reminds me
of days less sick,
until my skin
burns, orifices
stream like
party poppers
arching tulips lean
towards me from the
bedside table before
being moved to 
the living room
to live without
judgement, lining
the carpet like
an aisle, I
rub magenta
in my hands so
I can feel the
colour as it drips 
from the stem, some 
more paper than
wax, cutting off
heads for a second
chance, unfolding 
on the tea tray
like reverse origami
petals a stigma
for all that is 
About Author

Charlotte (she/her) is a poet, bookseller, and workshop facilitator living with chronic illness. After her creative writing degree, she became the events coordinator at Scarthin Books. She is also a poetry facilitator for Derbyshire Writing School and her collection 'Metamorphosis' with Verve Poetry Press explores abuse, mental health and recovery.