“sate” by Elle Arra
if I could lengthen the hunger I would clothe
myself in white linen with pure silver settings
and crystal bowls with foot and stem.
will you return at the sound of the dinner bell?
If I could stretch thin the thirst, I would be a
bar–– hewn rosewood, smooth edged, holding
rye and bitters on my tongue, and you would
sidle up close and order my soul from the bend
in my neck.
Elle Arra, a Michigan native, is an esteemed writer and visual artist currently working and residing in the sultry foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Madison, AL. Her work has been published (or is forthcoming) in print and online publications such as Apt, The Valley Planet, Hypertrophic Literary, and more. She also wrote the foreword – Native & Alien – for the book Some Days, Here, a collection of poems by Tricia De Jesus-Gutierrez.