My Orchie | The New Engagement

My Orchie

By Nandi La Sophia

I'm having an Orchiectomy
and not sure what to expect o' me
I'll kiss 'em goodbye
and thank 'em real sly
for the loads and loads and...loads smiley :-)
Away from my body,
Thou pendulous raff
excised and begotten
straight to the trash!
Ya been thanked,
Ya been wanked
now it's off in a flash!
So I'll tuck with less worry
and fuck with less flurry
I'll walk with a little more space
I'll wear tighter clothing
and do much less loathing
when picking out something in lace

Goodbye, farewell, auf weidersehen.
arrivederci my fair testes, it has been
a blast
with a caste
and a sticky hue
but don't be sad
for I have loved you.

Thanks, my dudes. Godspeed.

Wish me luck, everyone. I go in for surgery tomorrow at 11AM. If any local folks wanna check in on me at any point in the next week I'd be grateful. Movies, snacks, conversation...sewing...all that shit. Yes please and thank you.

Nandi La Sophia is an artist working in the mediums of music, tattoos, paint/assemblage, words, and performance. Her work centers on stories related to Queer issues, mental health, her experience as a transfemme, a Santera (a priest in the Lucumi tradition of Santeria), growing up in the punk scene, drug addiction, recovery, homelessness, and lastly, as a person who's endured multiple sexual traumas. Her characters often reflect some or all of these things. She also makes Vagina pillows which can be seen on the TV series "Portlandia," or in her Etsy store ( She has published a book of poetry (Little Prisons, available on, and a collection of stories, plays, and "trash" (Stagger, available on Her music can be found on Soundloud (twinsouls).

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