Tea on a Rainy Day

And we sit,
Books and cookies,
Black tea with mango,
Spring rain washing the smog away,
Cars wet noise and horns.
The heat is off,
Ducts blocked by furniture,
And my stinginess with electricity.
You turn the page,
And I am suddenly aware of your foot,
Covered in a sea blue wool sock,
Inches away from my hip,
Your toes curling as you read the good parts.
Your foot moves incrementally,
The sole pushing against my thigh,
You smile,
I read another paragraph and drink,
Unwind your sock slowly to touch,
To smooth your toes, the ball of your foot,
Rough skin and warm under my fingers.


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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