the wasps, O wall-bound housemates

I know you can hear, I’m talking directly
to the power socket, the transparent plug
each copper wire visible, like a bisection
of brain, pineal gland folded, a queen
around a void, the nest hovering around
them. I can hear you chewing through dry
-wall, getting closer to the fridge, the Formica
table, the post-its with bill payment info. I’m
thinking the landlord is avoiding you, the life
of enzyme-dissolution, octagonal perception,
tunnelling, the pine dark of the house a mountain
crushing light, as an experiment: how can this
be made to pay rent? We are some
-times stuck behind the back-door mesh, antennae
without outlet, suddenly subject between wood
cliff-face and the expanse (we can’t manicure
the lilies, the landlord doesn’t answer emails and I’m
spheksophobic, life-long) of garden beyond. Land-
lords have the privilege of delegation, of knowing
their audience, between — as we are — a door of their
thumb, their razor forefinger … a housemate
clutching the Mortein limp like Excalibur, a Camlann
of orchestral buzzing for one — or both — of us. You
will chew through the wall to heaven, or I will
be other than I am, becoming wasp in my endless
flight. Bipedal, possibly, still, with six clawed arms,
human-sized head, with mandibles, clear compacted
eyes. Vestigial wings. Legs splitting like roots. What
landlord—or 80s style scream queen — dare face us?

Josie/Jocelyn Suzanne

Josie/Jocelyn Suzanne is a freelance editor/writer/programmer. Their work has appeared in CorditeSoutherly and Rabbit Journal among others. They were shortlisted for the 2022 Val Vallis award, and were the recipient of the 2021 Harri Jones memorial prize, as well as being one of the 2021 Next Chapter fellowship recipients. They are a genderqueer trans femme and live on unceded Wurundjeri land in Naarm.

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