LONICERAD + SALIXIA
A. Z. Louise
this body is a nettle I uproot again and again in search of something to ret to spin into thread to twist to hold her between kisses that find tender places when she bends and sways with me though I am a silken noose these bodies are hungering clumps of flowering vine and lithe withies with catkins drooping as my tongue seeks the bitter analgesia beneath the surface she needing the sweetness that drips but cannot pool in closed spaces this soul is sighing itself python-tight to cut to stanch the sap to be absorbed into an embrace that strangles her and I am numb to the core and she is sweeter than nectar this body so much more than simply a home
A.Z. Louise is a civil engineer-turned-writer of speculative things, whose conure keeps them company during the writing process. When not reading or writing, they can be found playing folk harp, knitting, or weaving. Their work has been published in Strange Horizons, Fiyah, and NightLight Podcast.