• Flux Magazine

"rel8able queer experiences" by Katie Romiti

Talk to me about the wanting. Subtle gazes


faces lit by streetlights


green, then yellow, then red Half a thought of


kissing them


here, or on the beach, or in the car warm and safe and cozy


but breaklights stoplights red lights my loving you would be unwanted.


I am told that I am obvious


my eyes lingering on lips


but maybe that’s only with men.


The power of the queer mind


is that no one has the confidence


to think the other person wants it too.


So maybe, yes, as we buckle in to the last roller coaster ride of the night cool summer air


blowing off the ocean


and i feel breathless


and alive


and i see your gently parted lips


smiling as the ride starts


lifting us up


swinging us around


yes, maybe I am not so subtle


but I am locked in by metal bars


and by the knowledge that we spent


the last four hours talking about boys


so it doesn’t matter, anyway.


I wonder, haphazardly, what would have happened if instead of admitting i’m an adrenaline


junkie


i lied, said i was scared of heights


Would you have held my hand?


Would we have spent the night on the shore instead water on our feet


love, in our hearts?




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