photo of an ocean wave on a sunny clear skied day

Waves by josie/jocelyn Suzanne

Content warning: depictions of dysphoria.

You go to the beach
more than writing.
You undress
struggle yourself into
wet suit. You are hairless
smooth as suntan
lotion (like it, you
come off in water).
You filter
a whole sea
through the tongue.
You don’t wear goggles,
taste of marine life/an eaten
7/11 bag on lips/teeth.
When a huge wave picks you
up, rolls you over onto back
like a cat in a washing
machine, you cackle, feel
naked. A trickle
of blood leaks
merrily. Stormy days
you tumble awing
at the Godzilla-scale
of waves: your unknowing protector.
You look underwater, the bottom
five bodies down.
You observe sun
caking your belly, a hundred sharks trans-
– fixed in the waves. You feel
your body lightening
gills breaking out
feet forgotten/slaked/selkied.

photo of an ocean wave on a sunny clear skied day

About the Author

josie/jocelyn Suzanne is a freelance writer/would be translator. Their work has appeared in The Suburban Review, Rabbit journal, Australian Poetry Journal and Overland, among others. In 2021 they were one of the recipients of the Ultimo Prize for poetry and the Harri Jones memorial prize. They are a genderqueer transfemme. They live on unceded Wurundjeri land.

Photo by Mourad Saadi on Unsplash.

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