the fox & the hound.
By sterling-elizabeth arcadia.
The Hostages by Alan Fears.
i tell my cats to finish their dinners
but they dont
i tell them to kill the mouse & they kindly
but very firmly indicate theyd rather not, thanks
i command them into my lap
& instead they go eat
until i tell them this makes me happy
which upon hearing they stare deeply into my eyes
& vomit onto my new rug
good grief i tell my cats
but their attention has been completely captured by my digital camera
which they just knocked off my desk
thankfully my cats were still available for emotional support
while working on grad school applications
i put down more food
they ruin more rugs
when i tell them to eat again
my cats reveal that theyve both gotten into film school
one of them also gets into porn
on the production side of things
but later a lack of communication and poor boundaries leads me to find out he also got into
the consumption side
the other one gets into hipster-chic brooklyn cafes
& mumblecore films
he makes low budget one take set pieces under my bed
where i think hes also gotten into cocaine
my cats invite greta gerwig over for dinner after she teaches one of their film classes
they tell me theyll need the living room for the night
& hide their woody allen memorabilia in my closet without asking
i get ready for bed & hear them pitching a story to greta while i brush my teeth
its a mothman biopic
after i flush the toilet greta leaves
& i stare at my cats
they stare back & say
thanks a lot asshole
The Blood Pudding – July 1, 2021
sterling-elizabeth arcadia (she/they) is a trans poet and diy tattooer in Washington dc, where she watches birds and cares for her cats. she is currently working on a chapbook of queer ekphrastic love poems based on her friends’ instagram posts. her work has been published in Stone of Madness Press and is forthcoming elsewhere.
Artwork: Alan Fears is a British artist who was shortlisted for the John Moores Painting Prize 2018 and 2021 and exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts Summer exhibition 2018. The theme in most of his art revolves around reminding himself, and everybody else, how great and stupid humans can be and therefore how great and stupid life can be. You can find more about him here.