Madeleine is a queer, Jewish animal rights activist and educator based in Tāmaki Makaurau. She is interested in bodily autonomy and relationships. Her writing has been published in Starling, Violet Rising Zine, Quick Brown Fox, and Center for New Americans' 30 Poems in November, and is forthcoming in Overcommunicate. Madeleine believes self care is an essential part of responsible activism. She would love for you to think of one small, kind, deliberate thing you could do to empower or help yourself right now and do it immediately.
even FaceTime cannot carry
the scent of the wind
across Pigeon Mountain Wetlands
as the fiery pohutukawa flowers float
across the estuary
the softness of Tori's curls
as she taps her salty, wet mustache
in the crook of my neck, licking my earlobes
to marvel, "we're here!"
the tingle of nasturtium petal
biting my tongue gently on the way down:
a peppery, curious, kiss