Making Curry

There is steam in the kitchen,
You stir the curry,
Spices and onion frying in oil,
Your wooden spoon slicing through the coconut milk,
Dipping in and sideways making small waves,
Your hand bent slightly at the wrist,
Your index finger extended,
And I am mesmerized, distracted by this motion.

I quarter a sweet potato,
Peeling it first,
Because I want to feel the skin curl off tenderly,
Falling in orange and brown curls,
I hold the potato and slice,
Accidentally slipping the knife into my skin,
Opening a cut on my right finger all suddenly bloody,
I bring the finger to my mouth and suck,
You look up from the curry – watching me now.

The waves have caught up with me,
I smear blood over my lips while glancing up,
Head lowered slightly,
Cutting my eyes at you,
Looking up like I’m on my knees and you are in my mouth,
I taste the steam of curry and blood rolling over my tongue,
You lay the spoon down to hold my hand,
My finger passing through your lips,
Inside your mouth.


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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One Response to Making Curry

  1. poeticgrin says:

    God, now I’m hungry…


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