The Overnight Visitor

My mind is treacherous,

I am awake as you sleep in the next room,

I can hear the crinkle of the sleeping bag,

As you shift on the floor,

Making room for my cat to sleep by your knees.


I know that I fall asleep,

Because I dream,

Active dreams that are hard to wake from,

About falling and running and leaving;

Childhood nightmares appear,

I awaken tired and sore-eyed.


I’m used to being alone in my home,

No one to disturb me,

Leaving me to snore and sigh,

The gingerly pitter-pat of my mind,

And the blissful sleep of solitude.


About Avery Cassell

Avery Cassell is a genderqueer San Francisco writer, poet, cartoonist, and artist who grew up in Iran. They live with their Maine Coon cat, Lulu, and bake yeasted waffles every Sunday morning. Behrouz Gets Lucky is their first novel. You can find their erotic short stories sprinkled in various anthologies, including Best Lesbian Erotica 2015 and Sex Still Spoken Here. Avery is currently working on a book of more of Behrouz and Lucky's shenanigans, a memoir, and an illustrated early reader children's book about a eight year old transgender boy and his family.
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