Golden Gate Park on Sunday


San Francisco spring
It’s Sunday morning, the paths
Are flooded with dykes.

In Golden Gate Park
Solemn scatter crumbs for ducks
Napping in the sun.

Hummus, carrot cake
Faded quilt over clover
The smell of hot skin.

Bees collect nectar
Clandestine couples smooching
A swoon of sweetness

The scent of blossoms
Flesh rolling, undulating
Talking and walking.

A guitar softly
Playing songs of loss and love
Remember this day.

This is resistance
A picnic, a poem, a kiss
Blankets of fresh grass.


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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