lessons in abundance
the reason i add too much cayenne to everything is because even when i consume ravenous i keep wanting - every orgasm leads to another fantasy - every bite another bucket of drool collected- every massive gulp another sand dune in my throat - i want the chili to numb all my nerves - i want honey stuck immobile to every hair of me - i want bath salts sneaking into my intestines - i want blunt meteor edges clawing me sexy- i want the rhythm of a thousand dhols ripping me awake- i want agony lava spice ecstasy deep and dense - i want it all all all of everything on every inch of my insides spread around everywhere sensing chewing sniffing devouring all the fucking time
there are such moments
when you clasp me
in your warmth
i am free
during such moments i can feel fully what is already resting,
eyes closed, cross-legged, under the calm of my tongue
during such moments, i know your love is
abundant, i do not need to consume all of it
to taste it
so i am learning to trust the one spoon of cayenne. stirring slowly. shutting the spice cabinet asleep. trusting that i’ll continue to feel. trusting that heat is not limited. trusting to be unwanting.
just wolfing around
again when the moon rises, i hear another howl &
wonder if i’m being wolfed at, or called for help by
a cry of grief. but i know from past rotations
that for us, the two howls are the same thing.
isn’t all flirtation a desperate attempt to communicate
a kind of loss too unkind to be honest.
so when we fuck fast without looking into the other’s eyes
i too whistle as you waltz back into the moon
Aqdas Aftab is nonbinary queer writer, reader and dreamer from Islamabad. They are often thinking about trans speculation, prison abolition, racial justice, and the healing power of dandelions. These days, Aqdas is closely listening to the lessons taught by the ecosystem. Their work has been published or is forthcoming in Bitch Media, The Rumpus, Crab Fat Magazine, Yes Poetry, Vulture Bones and the anthologies 'Transcendent 4: The Year's Best Speculative Transgender Fiction' and 'The World That Belongs to Us: An Anthology of Queer Poetry from South Asia'. In their free time, Aqdas can be found working on their doctoral dissertation at the University of Maryland.