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.