cranberry juice & no sexual healing

what do her lips taste like?

do they taste sweet

like she smothered them in bubble gum?

or is the taste slightly bitter

like cranberry juice?

probably the latter

so when her kisses become bitter

was it due to texts left on read?

was it due to sex becoming the only way you connect?

does the routine go like this:

you both touch each other

until it burns both of you like an open flame

then you go in for another kiss

only for her lips to taste like

cranberry juice again

at this point

not even Marvin Gaye himself

would sing Sexual Healing for you


Vanessa Maki is a writer (& other things) who is queer & full of black girl magic. She’s been published in Enclave, Faded Out, Rag Queen Periodical, Occulum, Five:2:One Magazine & SYS. She also founded/runs an online literary journal for qpoc.

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