Yellow

Yellow

Chelsea Hui, art by Joyce Cheng | @_joycecheng_

My yellow,

is a golden sunset:

vast,

endless,

as the possibilities my ancestors have fought to give me,

 

My yellow,

is amber:

hand-blown glass,

beautiful,

and one of a kind,

 

My yellow,

is not the yellow you paint me to be:

The yellow a young girl once saw in the mirror,

skin dirty,

eyes stretched into slits

as they ask her how she can see at all,

 

Nothing but an exotic face

and a quiet voice,

silenced by your version of my story,

a fetish,

a joke,

one that I have heard you tell

far too many times,

 

My yellow is not yours,

 

My yellow is mine to reclaim:

my colour,

my body,

my culture,

my own.