sterling-elizabeth arcadia :: “trans desert gender tryst / at the foot of mount wrightson”

for aria / for evita

my baby 
face a cactus 
one too far to touch 
a succulent 
sunset portrait

at 5 o’clock come out 
from your tile 
your tucson stucco 
take the sonoran 
desert tread with care 
about the sharp
thistled shadows 
inhuman suns 
play on organpipe stems

the greasewood 
most sweet for you 
smells of rain

velvet mesquite most touching
in its yielding pods 
you find fruits you can consume

you and I both
know these 
things before the saguaro 

you seek the small the 
soft and petaled


sterling-elizabeth arcadia is a Best of the Net winning and Pushcart Prize nominated trans poet and lover of birds, cats, and her friends, living in philadelphia. Their work has been published in venues including HAD, ANMLY, beestung, New Delta Review, and Poetry Online. Her debut chapbook, Heaven, Ekphrasis, is out now from Kith Books.