When desire follows you to the pool, you realize she is serious. So you start dancing and notice
the deep purple flux
flowing down your plexus
Streaming its way all the length, its
wild creatures covered in ink.
You’ve dipped your toes head first
She lays down on the sticky floor
of the club, loosing glitterfeathers
I love you factual, whispers
as you follow her lead and lick the pearls
a sickeningly sweet noise
or was it hers
it’s been a decade since we’ve met
it’s been a whole dj set
how much did it take you to find me.
Swimming in this room so long our toeskins rippled
& as we dance
she pushes away the clingy duddi-dudes
you’re not dancing for them.
Weave me closer when you giggle, this is
a love poem to your ginger
breath -- when your pearls shine I bump
I cannot stand
I cannot stand they’re greypinkwhite
Once, I was told
to abolish the hierarchy
between our love stories
Saski A.L.S Erikson Weisbrod (they-them) is a French poet, translator and researcher-performer. In 2021, they received a George Lurcy fellowship as well as a writers scholarship to study poetry and literary translation at Columbia University, where they work as the art and translation editor of the Columbia Journal. Currently an Irene Kronhill Pletka YIVO Research Fellow, they are gathering material for their next performance, "Vu iz Bessie?", on the life of erased Yiddish performer Bessie Maud. You can see more of their work on this website forever in construction: https://saskisaski.hotglue.me/ and follow them on Instagram @saskirikson.