“Queer Skaters” and Other Works by S. L. Wilhoit

Sammie Lee Wilhoit is a 24-year-old trans guy living in NYC. His writing explores his gender identity and queerness. His work has been published in The Elevation Review, Cotyledon, Olivetree Review, and In Parentheses. His Instagram is @sammiewilhoit.

S. L. Wilhoit has been previously featured on In Parentheses.

queer skaters

two whales tails
kiss on a green hill
while the sunset dims

we sit on the edge of gray car seats
legs out the doors
tightly lacing our rollerskates

we split the 5mg edible
one blue raspberry half
coated in sugar
for both of us

we skate until the stars
come out of the sunset
we sit on the hill being bitten
by mosquitos
listening to a lily allen song
i heard in a beat-up car
before megan the taurus asked me
if i wanted a smooch

i knew then that this evening
would end in a kiss just
like that 90-degree august night
back in california

alison and i untied laces one by one
placed gear neatly in our bags
chatting about nothing
each bubbling with horniness
and nerves
each wanting to turn
to the other and
lean in

alison leans on me as the
edible hits and i stroke her hair
her kisses are big with teeth and i wonder
if i kissed clumsy when stoned like this
with wide mouth and sharp teeth

i lean back to appreciate her
timothée chalamet jaw with a
square chin cutting up to form
a sharp heart-shaped face

she looks up
mouth drooping and eyes blurry.
“can we just makeout?”
we taste each other

she leans back and asks to remove her shirt
i suck on metal bar buttoned nipples with eager mouth
admiring her strong lean rugby stomach

she kisses back
wants to know what I need
you, i breathe her in
vanilla shampoo and warmth
then reach into her shorts to let her
ride my fingers
gently caress her clit
with the tip
of my tongue

car sex

making out beneath
the tiny toy hand on the dash mirror
each nail coated with dark purple polish
becomes our queer mistletoe
hands caressing every part
riding each other’s thighs
until your Prius made of daylight
sighs and shakes
with quiet


The wind is chilling my legs
And turning my fingernails purple

People came to our hammock spot
They never see two lesbians
Toddler squeals and throws rocks while
mom, dad, and sister stand two feet away

What does ‘keep out’ mean to them?
Would they interrupt the peaceful afternoon of a
straight couple?

My lover reads with
legs crossed at the ankle
their anger is boiling slowly
They read their book
then pack the bag
Time to go

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In Parentheses Magazine (Volume 7, Issue 3) Winter 2022

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