“ghost town” by nat raum

in the sonoran desert                                the sun casts
shadows across linen sheets                          begging (i mean
begging) for the smell of rain                         so starved for touch
i trace my own arms to feel skin on skin

cracked lips tingle                sinking battleships
in the absence of a kiss                  i covet
teeming with desires i forgot i had                       pressing
my ear to my wrist just to hear heartbeats
bump-bump            like the wooden headboard
against the wall               i creak                sharp exhale
soft like clay as it dries in heat

nat raum (They/them)
nat raum is a queer multimedia artist working primarily with photography, creative writing, and book-making. They are currently based in Baltimore, MD. Their artwork primarily explores their relationship with their body and the world around them after their past sexual trauma. Their practice centers around creating books and zines as a means to communicate overwhelming emotions, troubled states of mind, and deep dark secrets.