still life with flag

naturaleza muerte con bandera

by Elizabeth Trew

(after Frida Kahlo)

I paint myself as the fruit
Diego picked from my garden this morning
and laid beside my wounded self

painting strokes with my sable brush
hot-coloured melons and citrus
I am round and ripe

heavy with child, my breasts swollen
with milk, my melon seeds
black inside blood-red flesh

the orange cut of my damaged sex
rests on Diego’s yellow fruit

against a deep jade sky
I have planted the Mexican flag
on my tender fruit

I am ready


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