her sunburnt

She grew red

her face bursting with the Sun

her chest swelled

full of her uncontained heart

‘til she radiated warmth

and the Sun itself

shone a little less

for over exposure

Jerome van Putten is a poet living in Sydney, where he teaches English as a second language at UNSW. His childhood growing up travelling on a yacht contributed to an interest in communicating different perspectives in his writing.