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黃愛莉
| she/her | chinese american |
memory & mortality & madness
and the player dreamed;
50~ Sept. 2020

Message from Writer

l'art pour l'art

sketches in marigold

March 26, 2021

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i think marigold is the color of
childhood, or at least the color of mine. memories
dipped in deep mustard, touched
gentle amber with the passages of time.

i think marigold is the color of
innocence, or at least the charade of it. rubbing
playing cards tinted ochre under my calloused
thumbs, sticking fingers in lunchtable holes.

i think marigold is the color of
childish love, or at least the high of it. mashing
buttons on the family wii, pinky promises
sworn under glow-in-the-dark stars.

and i think marigold is the color of
a time now lost, and the aftermath of wistfulness
paints the sketches in.
see y'all in three thousands years when i post again

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20 Comments
  • jun lei

    hi hi i actually deleted that last night on an impulse aldkghsd i should probably remove it thank u for reminding me!


    16 days ago
  • happy butterfly

    aww i'm sorry. i'm going to miss seeing you around and reading your work.i hope it all gets better soon.can't wait for you to come back


    about 1 month ago
  • ArtisticCatbird2020

    Marigold is a beautiful color. I also associate yellow tones with nostalgia... perhaps because paper/photographs yellow when they age?
    I love your subtle rhymes and the theme of each stanza -- this piece is wonderful.


    about 2 months ago
  • happy butterfly

    replying: hahaha relatable


    about 2 months ago
  • happy butterfly

    i see you but i literally don't have any. do you have any recommendations???


    about 2 months ago
  • Tachi

    hm... i think so to... nice piece...


    about 2 months ago
  • nolongeractive

    This piece is so amazing and I obsessed with your work, keep it up!


    about 2 months ago
  • SunV

    This is beautiful. The imagery you've included, and simply the way you've described marigold, it just makes everything seem perfect.


    about 2 months ago
  • happy butterfly

    replying: THANK YOU
    ahhhh haha girrrlll i get it


    about 2 months ago
  • rafaelsolanoishot

    love it soo much!


    about 2 months ago
  • nolongeractive

    This is so pretty; I love all of the magic in it and brings so much joy and light to this platform and I can tell that your writing is going to do big things one day!


    about 2 months ago
  • Rohan’s Defender

    Just left a review! This piece is phenomenal!


    about 2 months ago
  • happy butterfly

    KHUKHUJNKKK sorry what. this is magically real and beautiful and gorgeous.the nostalgia surrounding it,the relatability,the sparkly golden imagery,the structure. THE STORY!!!
    "innocence, or at least the charade of it." gosh i love your writing


    about 2 months ago
  • Avril

    This is lovely wow. I love the repetition of "or at least". Each line has so much emotion packed into it!


    about 2 months ago
  • Anne Blackwood

    Oops forgot to like this earlier


    about 2 months ago
  • Stone of Jade

    i love this so so much!


    about 2 months ago
  • Anne Blackwood

    The repetition, the pacing, the imagery, the beauty, the pain...


    about 2 months ago
  • Anne Blackwood

    Oh shoot. This reads like a glorious punch to the stomach.


    about 2 months ago
  • anemoia (#words)

    AH AH that was so incredibly beautiful. i LOVE when people use a sensory detail to connect it to memories. and i have to say, i agree. marigold is the color of innocence and wistfulness. it's happy and carefree.


    about 2 months ago
  • Just_A_Memory

    Interesting how you portray marigold. Beautiful work! <3


    about 2 months ago