Retrofitting Neon Halos from a Firefly Guy

Posted in Erotica, Femmetaphysics, La Poésie Érotique, Senryū with tags , , , , on August 24, 2015 by Chantale Reve

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Cicadas in Four-Four (excerpts)

Posted in Erotica, Femmetaphysics, Straight-up Romance with tags , , on July 18, 2015 by Chantale Reve

Ramona

 

If only she could experience the purpose of the cicadas’ song, she could accept her fate. While the patrons’ overlapping conversations grow more cacophonous, the mellow evocation dims in her mind until all she can recall, as she stands awkwardly in the center of the reception area, are tragic carpets comprising cicadas’ carcasses – shells of legions of cicadas that, in their brief lives, made fervent love in feverish, leafy trees. Oh how I’d like to crunch these people underfoot, she muses.

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Greg

Unbeknownst to Ramona, Greg had arranged for the appetizers to be prepared within a half-hour of his date’s arrival. Despite his present ravenous state, he delights in contemplating his dinner date’s pleasure upon the sumptuous reveal. They would start with catfish strips and hushpuppies — the latter “nice ’n oniony,” the way Ramona said she loved them during their addictive web chats — and Frogmore stew, his fave Low Country boil since relocating from Bessemer, Alabama, to Pickering, South Carolina.

*   *   *


Grandma’dere

Beneath yards of silver braids plaited as if with yarn, Grandma’dere’s lush gray brows were knitted on a forehead marked with permanent furrows as she weaved her old tales. Gesticulating with hands browner than her face, dark like the burnt butter into which she loved to scramble eggs for her granddaughters, she seemed centuries old, like the red oak tree on her family’s ancestral land.

© 2015 Chantale Rêve

All Rights Reserved


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Above are excerpts from “Cicadas in Four-Four,” the new short story by Chantale Rêve. This lyrical, humorous and mysterious tale is available in its entirety and for purchase (with a generous free sample) on Smashwords.com.

Vena Amoris

Posted in Erotica, La Poésie Érotique, Senryū, Straight-up Romance with tags on May 5, 2015 by Chantale Reve

 

 

Take this love “in vein.”

Absence of gold bands be damned!

Eros in us reigns.

 

 

Copyright 2015 Chantale Reve

Come Again?

Posted in Senryū with tags , on October 4, 2014 by Chantale Reve

 

Eyes like curtains close

As I lay frozen, staging

Lucid, lewd encores.

 

 

“Come Again”   © 2014 Chantale Rêve   All Rights Reserved

The Bitter-Suite Seduction of A Sole Sista

Posted in Erotica, Femmetaphysics, Free Verse, La Poésie Érotique, Urban Erotica with tags , on October 4, 2014 by Chantale Reve

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“Hotcakes”


As if a way-past-prime supper hadn’t served up enough awkward silences,

There he was, fixing Sunday breakfast,
Undressing me again out of his peripheral vision,
Greasy biceps flexing with each flip of a hotcake
As brown, round and sizzling as exposed ass

Gyrating dangerously amid my sexual tension.

Seated so close to the fire —
Here, I’m not referring to burners in my kitchenette,
Where hours prior he’d banged me bluish-black against the tiled backsplash —
How I wished that I could repurpose that cast-iron pan into a warrior’s shield
To protect a heart that had surrendered to forbidden passion
While my trembling hand waved a wet, white thong in the presence of his raised staff.

How he’d mimicked a siren’s call and taken me under,
Drowning me in liquid love with submarine tongue,
Excavating abandoned coral reef, treasures his to plunder.
How the pirate in him tortured me at the edge of the plank
As I lay blindfolded, tittering from navel tickles and lashes
While rootbeer eyes blinked against red satin and bronze thighs strained to balance him
Until bizarre spasms transformed his body into a bronco that I ached to ride in delirious darkness.

He crooned at the stove like “King” Cole over an obscene stack of crispy flapjacks —
Bare except for white toque and cotton apron,
Its stripes bulging where he concealed a Maori weapon —
Interjecting Alaga-sweet lyrics with innuendoes about Alabama sausage,
With its dyed-red encasement clinging to the thick link
As ruby lips had fastened to stiffness; palms to the bath sink.
Swooning, I resisted sifting like baking soda in flour
Through steamy clips of the blue flick we’d made
Despite the splicing of my psychic pain with our erotic power.

In Nat’s smooth voice he gesticulated with a stick of butter,
But by then I’d melted into our last carnal memory:
After he’d gone Down South I recalled only sharp slaps, glute claps and his name
(And His name)
Struggling to escape my mouth —
An epileptic stutter —
While new rivers flowed from my delta,
And he refused to stop until I begged him
To remove his third leg.
As he peeled off the rubber, his phallus and eyes glistened;
Baptized waist-deep, I professed joy that I’d listened
To my restless heart.

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Interlude:  Siren-Dippity

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Succumbing to a temptation I most feared,

I donned a négligée of recklessness and did my best
To tiptoe in stilettoes toward the stranger in my bed.

From seconds to minutes made a corpse —
Blue-tinged episodes of sleep apnea trapping me —
I sank to sacred depths that lucid dreams had warped.

Gasping beneath waves of consciousness,
Flailing at ghosts of men that blocked the portal,
I ditched the mermaid fins in the wake of my distress.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * *

“Frigid Dare”

A frivolous convo over vintage fridge magnets
Digressed into non sequiturs about my icebox’s contents.
We had been nine years estranged —
He the fox to my hare —
And fifty miles away he lay “bare” (he claimed),
Cornering me in my small kitchen.

Damn if I could recall his huge balls.
It took moxie to arrange a dinner date nearly a decade too late.
Could he be so callous as to misremember how he had altered my fate,
Leaving me shivering in front of our West Broadway spot
To watch loving pairs pirouette around my disarray?

An hour into racy dialogue I was stuck in neutral
Like the silver Aston Martin magnet balancing
My Xanax ‘script and an unpaid-rent invoice.
Despite barriers and accusations I had raised,
He insinuated himself into my lonely life
As if remote-controlled, accelerating in reverse.

He may have stumbled upon a floundering premise;
My secret was a flimsy chemise undone like blow curls in the rain.
I lost my new identity in layers of steamy propositions.
His words transmitted erotic linguistics to my imbalanced brain,
Conjuring up our lips pulsing, pressing in foreplay to passionate incisions.

 

 

* * * * * * * * * * * * * *

“FWB Seeks SBF”


Surviving another harrowing day at the office brothel,
Opening the door to a hallowed space
Stark in appointments as my desire was starved,
I dodged the antique mirror with its gilt border
Rather than confront mild-mannered disorder
Visible through the patina of endurance on my face.

Thus resumed the rituals of a long-term loner
Who doffed the flirtatious mask and costume of an off-scale female hack
Who kids herself that single status will ensure a glossy promotion
When it’s only a sinecure, a fast track
To climbing the pedestal from which to shine bossman’s boner.

As on any other sedentary weeknight,
After a bland dinner scarfed down with prime-time shit,
I powered up my Mac, anxious to discover how many hits
Had registered on my pictorial website,
But intuition intervened, leading me first to my e-mail queue,
Where to my surprise a once intimate connection
Reached into my confused darkness to try boosting my self-worth —
As well as stroke his long-distance erection —
After lurking in murky marshes of antisocial networks.

 

© 2013 Chantale Rêve
All Rights Reserved

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Bottom Photo by Scott Bauer

First published on Negrotica on May 13, 2013

Brando in the Tuileries

Posted in Erotica, Interracial Sex, La Poésie Érotique, Stranger Sex, Travel Poems with tags , , , , , , on October 4, 2014 by Chantale Reve

 

 

Pillow books her beau had recommended

Sprawled like a spiny duvet on her bed.

Engrossed in erotic-travel fantasy,

Bare she lay splayed and glistening

From tawdry phrases that she read.

 

Visualizing hairy knuckles vanishing

Beneath accordion pleats and loose hems

Of the boozy, bourgie heroine’s skimpy skirt,

She squirmed recalling an Italian World War II pervert. …

 

Once upon a time near a park on rue de Rivoli

She stumbled in pumps across an exiled count on edge,

Mumbling away in the shadows of le Jardin des Tuileries

About servile Berber women puffing under men of privilege.

 

Olive oil slick, his thick fingers coiled heatedly

Beneath her crammed canvas fanny pack,

Which like the nylon bra shielding modest B’s

She’d obsessed on clasping securely at the back.

 

Early-morning breezes wafted through her pliant ’fro,

Sailed her flimsy street map like a kite strung with de la dentelle.

Shady, debonair seduction blurred manicured paths to le métro.

Undulating plane tree leaves whispered faux routes to l’hôtel.

 

Her billowing blouse invited his trembly caress

Over a deprived pair of chocolat-tipped breasts.

He suckled long and hard before circling her rear,

Where chartreuse chiffon ruffles tickled protuberant secrets.

 

Fingertips inched past designer stitches on low-rise swells

Of dark denims, poking brown flesh with sensuality and menace.

Their gliding hips grazed like gondolas bumping tellingly in Venice,

Bridging May and December on Parisian grounds of a Medicis royal.

 

Dragging past tulip beds, swinging and twisting tango legs,

They shattered the invisible hourglass of mortal tension —

If not stepping around their disparate alienation.

In adagio he was schooling a tourist lost in les Tuileries

On expat angst while she surrendered to southerly touches,

Though flinched at his imported garlic-infused blues.

 

Sensing his wandering palm near her equator,

Diving and rising out of indigo cotton shadows,

She blushed back at marble mythical sculptures

Marveling at their mobile erogenous zone.

Despite his hardness leading her morals astray,

She risked his lust casting her into voluptuous stone.

 

Aged digits dipping into liquid flipped her switch.

His was an agile mind turned on like currents

Running through the Grand Carré fountain,

Where he soon lifted her off the ground and spun her ’round

Till she teetered, dizzy with peculiar, spine-tingling spasms

That burst into an aurora borealis of psychedelic orgasms.

 

Releasing gelatinous fluids with uncensored abandon,

She seized as if sanctified by a pantheon of goddesses,

Floating above her deranged stranger into swirling clouds

While out of the fountain’s ornate, tarnished copper spouts,

The Seine cascaded like fairytale silvery tresses

Tossing tiny sailboats in the rusty coin-tiled basin.

 

Tumbling forward through gilded memory’s minefield,

Ruminating guilt-edged bliss framed by naive courage,

Hurtling in space and time towards love’s heat shield,

She landed like a recycled bookmark on a dog-eared page,

Creased into her cherished lover’s graphic embrace,

Welding white-hot kisses in their wordless space.

 

 

“Brando in the Tuileries”   © 2012 Chantale Rêve   All Rights Reserved

 

First published on Negrotica on May 26, 2012

L’Étoile (excerpts)

Posted in Destination Erotica, Erotica, Femmetaphysics, Kinky Sex, Public Sex, Straight-up Romance with tags , , , on September 6, 2014 by Chantale Reve

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Three-fifteen.  Josie’s heart is pulsating so erratically that each puddle she stamps is quaking with the threat of tsunami.  Raindrops strike her triple-pierced earlobes like fingertips on piano keys in the intro to Aretha Franklin’s “Daydreaming” looped into infinity. Split-screen images of him wash over her two-track mind as she ponders his Houdiniesque disappearance and aches for his Rodin-inspired kiss.

In an hour she will count down the minutes to the moment that her passion will surge.  Like a New York Marathon champion from Kenya once again chasing the gold medal, she will feel the velocity in her pulse as she races to the finish line, too impassioned to sense the chill in the air.  Breathless, with only him on her mind, knowing that without him she cannot survive another day, she will extend her arms in victory — a winner at love — marking a new beginning for their fissured valentine.  Love might conquer time, after all.  Or, sprinting toward loverman’s extended arms, she might dash past reason only to get injured again.

One more hour of these arrhythmias and I’ll need a pacemaker or a coffin, she contemplates through the torrent as she walks down l’Avenue des Champs-Êlysées.

Sixty minutes and it will be l’heure de pointe.  Rush-hour.  Her head will be spinning faster than the impatient Citroëns and taxis whirling around the road-carved star.  L’Étoile.  There, above the rumbling of a métro, a passion as monumental as l’Arc de Triomphe will ignite the City of Light.

“Meet me at l’Étoile” was his urgent command earlier that day.  And, “Je veux t’embrasser.”  Her lips puckered.  Josie hardly could wait to kiss him right back. Cupping her free ear, she tried in vain to block out the din that reverberated throughout Voulez-vous Café, a popular hookup joint that incidentally served coffee, other beverages, sandwiches such as le croquet-monsieur and la croquet-madame, personal-size pizzas topped with pepperoni (and followed by indigestion), as well as pastries and – when les flics had their backs turned – de l’herbe.  The cramped cybercafé teetered on the corner of a crumbling Marais street no wider than a baguette.  Damn, she pondered, why didn’t I go with my first choice, around the corner: Frères Camembert Salon de Thé?  Not only is it tranquil there, but I would’ve had my choice of fifty teas without the secondhand high.

For now her memory teased her. And she couldn’t blame it on the pot, or “le shit,” as she repeatedly heard hooky-playing teens referring to the substance when she squeezed her American-sized physique into Voulez-vous’ narrow entranceway. No matter how she tried to fake composure, jangling nerves betrayed her. Adding to her instability were curvaceous Gallic voices undulating around her like a microscopic harem stoking little fires in hidden, swelling places. Eyes twitching and itchy fingers bouncing like jumping jacks off the sturdy wooden table, she worried that she had lost too much weight, that her boyfriend would not have enough to hold onto.

 

*  *  *

 

 

Oui, at 17:00. À tout à l’heure,” she remembers replying to Bene back at Voulez-vous Café. There, after satisfying her addictions – draining four cups of java and devouring the third addictive pear tart – while finishing the latest novel by Zane, over five hours of invisibility to a stream of seemingly available males of various stripes, Josie thanked the capricious love gods that she didn’t have to participate in the game anymore.  She also felt fortunate to have a man of substance rather than a substance-abuser. Despite an empty chair facing her, she delighted in the fact that she was four hours away from reuniting with her lover, who in their last series of correspondences – by e-mail, webcam and telephone – promised that he vowed to be faithful again.

At the precise moment that an image of Bene’s crescent eyes began animating her jet-lagged bod, her smile attracted a college-age Algerian fella with funky bed hair and a five o’clock shadow to match. Situated less than four feet from her table, he had just flung his alpaca sweater and trendy winter scarf over an adjacent chair, where his down vest was resting, and rolled up his sleeves before half-ignoring his self-absorbed buddy.  Faster than sugar lumps in un café noir, Josie’s confidence began dissolving under romeo’s intense stare and unspoken innuendo.

Shit, he’s as fine as fuck!  Got that Doctor Zhivago-era Omar Sharif thing goin’ on, too, she mused, not caring during her burgeoning arousal to make the distinction between Algeria and Egypt.  Two countries, same continent, really, she reasoned minutes later as her eyes finally disengaged from his and then roamed beneath his regal beard, pried open – with the complicity of his right thumb and index finger – the first three buttons of his sandy-brown cotton shirt, and spied on the moist thickets reaching for her bold caress.  The flirtatious bearded stranger completely had abandoned his friend’s convo.  Instead, his eyes were reading his target’s supple lips, which were pursed as if she were preparing to give his chest hair a gentle blow-dry. Such an abundance of dark body fur – from his jaws and broad chest to his natural-tan forearms – was beyond her erotic radar because Bene didn’t possess much hair other than his locks.

When Monsieur algérien winked at Josie, she involuntarily blinked back at him. His spell on her broken, she grabbed a napkin to dab at the corner of her eye as if a lash had loosened.  If he leaps over here like a lion to blow on my eyeball, I swear I’ll jump his bones so vigorously that every cup and saucer within proximity will be shattered, she fantasized, admitting, but not his pride … I bet.  Although her lover was a safe distance from the café, she felt guilty – and not about getting shards of china up her bum. Damn, she reflected, lifting her heavy coffee cup, I shouldn’t be fantasizing about this college dude. She was cheating emotionally, if not delusionally, on one African prince with another.  Mmmm … my nips could get lost in his forest, though.  She was becoming hornier thinking about his brawny loins.  And all before two o’clock.

Yes, she had arrived in Paris. It simply hadn’t occurred to her, before the unspoken encounter which had just transpired, that she was possessed by Colette’s ghost.  Leaving behind her oyster-hued crocheted cloque, Josie dashed out of the weed cloud at Voulez-vous Café and into the frigid drizzle.  Having been seduced and reciprocated, she prayed for a baptism.  After all, physically she had been faithful to Bene and didn’t want to sabotage their long-awaited reunion of anointed kisses and double-jointed bliss.

 

 

*  *  *

 

Mmmm … Des fraises ou tu?” Bene charmed her in the salon. “I don’t know what to eat first, ma chérie,” he said, grinning and pointing a long, dark digit down at her dripping pussy as he cut a dirty-dance figure on his approach.

Mesmerized, if not hypnotized, by the obsidian twin pendulums between his sculptured thighs, she salivated while drinking in his chiseled sight. “Let me do you first, baby,” she said, giving him her Princely best.  “Pulleeeze!”

But with Marvin in his ears and seeping from his pores, he took the upper hand, even if it was daddy-long-stroking his dick in that moment.  “I want to take you over zere,” he cajoled. Feeling the sting of his girlfriend’s glare, he switched to a tender tone:  “Viens ici, Josie.”

Oui, oui, mon amour,” she complied, taking his warm hand as he led her trembling body back to the large, burgundy shag rug in the shape of Mamma Africa.

Bene’s smile reached his eyes, which trailed his lover’s serpentine descent. He walked a short distance to fetch the cold tray of fruit, then dropped down to his knees to join her. Balancing the tray, he displayed a waiter’s poise, something on which she commented until he swerved a remark her way: “Oh non, mademoiselle. I plan to service you in a manner that shall satiate all hunger and all thirst.”

Once he lay parallel to his Black Venus, with only the fancy tray of berries heaped upon crushed ice between their scorching nude bodies, Josie sucked her swollen bottom lip in anticipation. In her restless, horny mind, her thick tongue mirrored her engorged clit’s glans. Scribbling over her erotic imagining, she wagged a forefinger to the cyan, reptilian fertility goddess that she had conjured up, warning: Gurrrl, this’d better not be a fuckin’ mirage.

 

*  *  *

 

 

Bene was teasing the tip of her nose, a cheek and her eager lips with a plump berry. Every now and then he paused his narrative to lick the tart red juice off her tongue, from the corners of her mouth, and out of deep labial crevices until moans grew to shouts that were anything but pious. Midsong, he tossed aside his cherished family photos to focus on the exquisite pleasure in which he and Josie were submerged like awestruck scuba divers. Not only love-lust but wetness was all around: the suggestion of oceanside lust in the up-tempo song, melting ice – pink like her favorite bubbly – in the dainty Limoges tray, and viscous strawberry nectar that blended with her own from her navel to her feet and up her calves and thighs to her beach ball buttocks. Will Downing’s ecstatic baritone, the liberating percussions, effervescent guitar chords, Bene’s suckling and licking (hers, too, when the six became nine), and all the splashing fruit juices were almost too much for her ears to bear. Where aural sex and oral sex converged, Bene was a server like no other.

 

*  *  *

 

When the blue-striped silver locomotive emerged from a tunnel that was carved into a craggy mountain, it took a curve before building to speeds of one hundred seventy-five to two hundred miles per hour.  It seemed, to the young exhibitionists, to fly above sleepy villages of pastel houses and sprawling vineyards. Bene and Josie were always down for a supersonic adventure, so she clung to his strong thighs while propping herself on sturdy knees until her buttocks were hugging her heels.  Such a position was a prerequisite for public cock sucking in the manner that her boyfriend preferred.

 

Clearing her throat so she could swallow without gagging was the sound effect that had him choking his meat inches from her face. “Oh yeh – c’est ça. Oh, fuuuuuk,” Bene tried to whisper, but his burning passion could not be silenced.  “I’m, I’m, ahhhh … I’m going to spray you weet ma love.”

Blistering with desire, Josie felt her pussy leaking juice onto the railcar’s vibrating floor like the drip-drip-drip of gasoline from a high-mileaged car. If any of the passengers had breached the non-smoking policy and allowed a cigarette to roll into her pooling fluids, the entire passenger car would have been set ablaze.

She moaned on his generous frenulum.  “Mmmmm … mmmmm … ”

Experiencing one delicious tremor after another, Bene inhaled deeply, looked down at her bobbing head of locks and asked her, “Didn’t I say to lick ma nuts, woman?”  She knew it wasn’t a question, but a command.

Drool escaped from her mouth as she tried to smile her acknowledgment.  They both knew how much she loved slobbing his knob, but she had to take a six-second break to remark: “You are such a tease.” Then, once her jaws were realigned, she continued pleasing Big Bene.

“Yehhhh, c’est çaaaa,” Bene said, his voice riding pleasure waves.  Mais, pas d’autres questions, petite amie.” Switching pelvic gears, he began drilling his girlfriend’s steamy mouth with dick.  Halfway out his pants, he was feeding her need with head.  While one hand fondled her chunky nipples, the other rubbed his pulsating, purplish-black head on her wagging, hot-pink tongue.  Hearing her uneven moans singe the edges of his dreadlocks like flames searing moist banana leaves drove him to prod his sex against her gums and along the lining of her cheeks.

Determined to cleanse his scrotum of perspiration, she reached out to give his boys a gentle squeeze. Then she lunged forward to circle the tip of her warm tongue over the cool coils.

Behind the busy duo, the lubricious stranger was ruddy-faced and close to foaming at the mouth. Sprawled over two semen-stained seats, he was straining for a second set of eruptions. To her surprise he asked, wheezing, “Young lady, won’t you give yerr bon-papa an ‘and?”

Putain!  If you don’t shut the ’ell up!” Bene addressed the older man in an attempt to thwart any obstacles to his own climax, especially the voice and smell of a spasming man.

“Don’t get upset, bébé,” Josie cooed, caressing her lover’s balls while the old bull behind them profusely apologized.

J’en ai assez de lui,” he returned.  She agreed with him, having had enough of le voyeur, too.

Mon amant fougueux, lève-tu ici,” he ordered her, pointing to his succulent lips.  She obeyed, inching her way up until their quarter wedges made a whole and, on her ascent, trailing cum along his legs and thighs.

When his nether zone began to tingle in the absence of her tongue, he commanded her to “reviens à ce que tu faisais.”  She did not need him to repeat it; she slithered back down on all fours to the sticky floor like a traveling courtesan.

As the sleek train raced toward la Côte d’Azur, Josie flexed her French-tipped fingers and toes as she enjoyed pleasing her man. Pausing only to sweep back her locks, she bathed her boyfriend’s dangling sac while his dark brown rump rocked to and fro in the cushy seat.  Contemplating how he next might do her, if he could resist dozing off under the spell of a speeding train, revved up her libido.  There would be plenty of time for reflection as they strolled pebbly beaches of la Méditerranée beaches, recited each other poetry in courtyard gardens and smooched beneath swaying palm trees. However, balancing love and lust in the present, and zooming on wheels through space and time, she wanted immediate action.

 

 

© 2012-2014 Chantale Rêve

All Rights Reserved

 

 

Above are several excerpts from my short story “L’Étoile,” copies of which are available for purchase on Smashwords.com.  A generous sample of the story is free for you to read.  Thank you for continuing to read, and support, my art.

 

Photo (l’Arc de Triomphe at Place Charles de Gaulle, with la Tour Eiffel in the distance)http://en.wikipedia.org

Giving L.B. His Props

Posted in BDSM, Erotica, Kinky Sex with tags on September 1, 2014 by Chantale Reve

Silence my desires.

Despite sweet strokes, nothing tops

Stiff nips whipped with crops.

© 2014 Chantale Rêve

All Rights Reserved

Raw

Posted in Erotica, La Poésie Érotique on August 29, 2014 by Chantale Reve

Chantale Reve:

Don’t take for granted the title of cleonette’s prose-poem — or throes poem, as was my experience reading the verse between crunching on ice cubes and patting a cool washcloth on heated parts. However, do allow her word-images to take your breath away. Accompanied by one of the most erotic b&w photographic images on which mine eyes have locked since Spike Lee’s montages in his 1986 joint, She’s Gotta Have It, poet cleonette lays bare the kinky choreography and primal reciprocity of “doin’-it-an’-doin’-it-an’-doin’-it well” when (at least) two people have bonded in truth and trust. Here’s “Raw” by cleonette.

Originally posted on cleonette:

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Tongues caressing each other, laughing when our teeth click together. Feeling a finger stirring my wetness as you cover my nipple with your mouth. Back arching. Moaning. Fingers digging into your shoulder and back. Twisting fingers in your hair, pulling you towards my face for more kisses. Caressing my cheek and I smell my pussy on your fingers. Covering your body with mine. Nipples grazing your chest every other second because I am already breathless and anticipating you dividing my thighs with your body. Feeling a small pearl of liquid bead at the lips of my pussy and drip to the left. Bending down and sliding my lips across your thickness. Tasting the salty drips on my tongue. Wetting your length with my saliva and hearing you moan as I inhale you. Stopping before you release in my mouth and pulling you on top of me. Parting your lips with…

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Points of Interest

Posted in Erotica, Senryū with tags , , on May 4, 2014 by Chantale Reve

 

 

 

Anchored way down south,

He sends waves into whirlpools;

Plunges tongue in mouth.

 

 

 

 

© 2014 Chantale Rêve

All Rights Reserved

Mistuh Dew Right Bayou

Posted in Erotica, Senryū with tags , , on May 4, 2014 by Chantale Reve

 

 

Changing her surname

Was his line to flood her eyes;

Melt cellulite thighs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

© 2014 Chantale Rêve

All Rights Reserved

The Lotus Position

Posted in Senryū with tags , on May 3, 2014 by Chantale Reve

 

 

“Flexibility”?

When I told him we were through,

My boo took the chairs, too!

 

 

 

 

© 2014 Chantale Rêve

All Rights Reserved

Just Us, Skyping

Posted in Senryū with tags , , , on May 3, 2014 by Chantale Reve

 

 

I don’t mind bedhead,

But it’d behoove you to remove

The setting for two.

© 2014 Chantale Rêve

All Rights Reserved

Leaving Hokkaido

Posted in Multicultural Romance, Senryū with tags , , , on March 8, 2014 by Chantale Reve

 

Goodbye, Samurai.

Wounded love cannot withstand

Our Sea of Japan.

 

 

 

 

 

© 2014 Chantale Rêve

All Rights Reserved

 

 

 

After Paella, La Siesta

Posted in Destination Romance, Senryū with tags , , , , , , on January 13, 2014 by Chantale Reve


Saffron memories

Steep in his blue seaside dreams,
Where her eyes gleam green.

 

 

© 2014 Chantale Rêve

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Hai, Hai

Posted in Erotica, Interracial Sex, Senryū with tags , , , , , on August 21, 2013 by Chantale Reve

Trapped in his caress,

I struggle against his thrusts

While flushed lips ooze “yes.”

 

 

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ええ

 

Touch … Go … Kyoto

Posted in Erotica, Interracial Sex, Senryū, Travel Poems with tags , , , on August 21, 2013 by Chantale Reve

Steely eyes aflame,

He charges me, changing speeds

Like a bullet train.

 

 

 

 

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Jealous Serpent Awakes

Posted in Erotica, Senryū with tags , , , on August 21, 2013 by Chantale Reve

Our limbs locked like boughs,

We soul-kiss in tantric bliss;

Sap seeping below.

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Ode to Edo

Posted in Erotica, La Poésie Érotique, Senryū, Surreal Erotica with tags , , , , , , on August 20, 2013 by Chantale Reve

In saké-spiked dreams

She slinks out of woodcut lust,

Inked and silky-soft.

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Photo:  erotic print by Edo-born artist Katsushika Hokusai, “The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife”

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Harajuku Eyes

Posted in Interracial Sex, Kinky Couplings, Multicultural Romance, Public Sex, Senryū, Travel Poems, Urban Erotica with tags , , , , , , , on August 20, 2013 by Chantale Reve

 

 

Neon Tokyo rain

Blurs footage of their blind date — 

Wave/kiss, sip/fellate.

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Corazón

Posted in Multicultural Romance, New York Stories, NuYorican Erotica, Straight-up Romance, Urban Erotica with tags , , , , on August 17, 2013 by Chantale Reve

 

Glancing at her Movado knockoff watch somewhere near Times Square, the woman sighed.  Then she hissed so hard within her throat, she nearly choked on her tongue.  The watch’s second hand seemed like it was moving two ticks forward and four ticks back.  “Movado my ass!  This crap reads Morado. ”  She was glad the commuters and tourists were breezing past.  No one could hear her.  In New York City, no one cared anyway.  “Lax” is how she referred to her fellow New Yawkuhs, meaning ex-lax® because, in Manhattan anyway, everyone walked like they had overdosed on the deceptive chocolate rectangles. Everyone was in a rush.  She wasn’t, however.  At least she didn’t want to rush to judgment that he — the man whom she was heading to meet — was still enamorado.

Her attention returned to her wrist, and she flicked a braid out of her line of sight so fast that it appeared to cut the little breeze that flowed.  “Moron, that’s what my gullible Gullah-descended ass is.  Somethin’ told me I shoulda known that tall, fine African brotha itchin’ to holla at me in half-French, half-Wolof, in front of Century 21 had me blinded on a cloudy day.  Damn!”  OK, now I look as if I’m chattering to myself like a madwoman … well, a foxy one anyway, she thought, trying to calm her nerves.  Like the last time, she was fifteen minutes late.

In mid-flight from the elevator to the lobby of the Apex Building, where she was a legal assistant for the law firm of Greed, Avarice & Corruption LLP, modesty briefly had been hijacked by vanity in one act:  her punching the buttons to all of the floors in order to increase the time to apply fresh coats of velvet-black mascara and midnight-blue eyeliner.  By the time the rickety car had screeched to a jolt and the “L” had glowed in green on the golden panel, modesty had won the contest in the woman’s decision to go incognita behind Lennonesque black shades.

Panic set in again.  As lunchgoers whizzed past her, she imagined the man standing on the corner in front of Big Apple Bank — a rendezvous of his choosing — tapping his loafer-clad left foot while pretending to read The Gotham City Times.  The thought occurred to her that the lenses in her sunglasses were not tinted darkly enough, for the obnoxious clique of bovine paralegals would spot her en route to their daily grazing and then add to the usual fertilizer back at the farm — the firm, that is.  Hearing no mooing within earshot set her mind at ease, but only for a moment.

The woman wondered how the man’s physical appearance might have changed over the past ten months, asking herself if perhaps he was sporting a beard lately.  Or, if he could have lost the twenty pounds about which he had complained the previous year.  Her mind savored the latter image to the extent that she dallied in the erotic landscape of a forty-five-second fantasy centered around his salient bulge in acid-washed denim.

A bike messenger’s shrill whistle disengaged her from such a daydream, during which she missed two “Walk” signals while standing on the street corner’s edge.  She could kick herself for behaving like a schoolgirl, but she had not seen the man since November.  After playing telephone tag and other games since then, she felt more than a pregnant pause in their unfinished dialogue about the forbidden passion that was causing an incendiary interlude in their platonic relationship.

Built in 1931, The Empire State Building in Ne...

Built in 1931, The Empire State Building in New York City is one of the oldest, yet tallest skyscrapers. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Empire State Building on the island of Manhattan shone in the late-September sun like a gigantic compass in the distance.  Heading east, with the sun baking the part down the middle of her box-braided head, the woman stumbled upon a lunchtime exhibition of young girls dancing their sprightly rendition of Riverdance in the shadow of the New York Public Library.  She kept turning her head obsessively to watch the display, as if her eyes were unable to resist drinking in a scene that resembled one from her joyful childhood.  Just one more glance, she thought whimsically, slowing down before starting again at a brisk pace.

Two yards ahead, the man stood in the center of the pavement.  His smile welcomed her, thawed her.  “Hey, Cora!” he called out.  He had been watching her the entire time.  In fact, if he had not uttered her name, she would have rushed past him.

When they were face to face, his mouth was the first to greet “hello.”  His sensuous lips spread apart into the toothy smile of someone who could barely conceal a terrific secret.

“Hi, Luis,” Cora returned in an almost matter-of-fact manner.  As he was four inches taller than she, a statistic he cited when they first met — after a competitive softball game between her law firm and his advertising agency, The Harrigan Agency, two summers prior — she had to strain her neck to plant an innocent kiss on his tanned face.

By their first date — a Spirit of New York dinner cruise from Chelsea Piers through New York Harbor that September — Coretta Piaget Richmond and Luis DeJesus were too much in lust to care about either’s height.  She was wearing her fuck-me heels that night, and he was feeling the elements (though most of them manmade) when the deejay scratched in some Earth, Wind & Fire.  On “September” she was doing her best Beyoncé rump rolls until several raunchy male co-workers who seemed more inebriated than her date began shouting, “Go, Cora! Get it, Cora!” and then changed EW&F’s lyrics on the chorus:  “We say ‘badonkadonk.’  That’s what we remember.  ‘Badonkadonk’ when we hit it in September … ”  That’s when Luis, summoning Zeus, transformed his tenor into a divine baritone and channeled Maurice White while nearly spinning Cora’s blazing-rose-tatted breasts out of her strapless little black dress.  Dancing on endorphin clouds, with Luis flying a little higher on Grey Goose, they appeared to be grooving with horny angels of a different kind while the hammered GAC paralegals sang “Great Balls of Fire” a cappella like Duwende.

“Mmmmm … lookatchu, girl!  How long it’s been?” Luis remarked, his eyes as intense as Laz Alonso‘s in any role but the wack one in Issues.  With the quick reflex of a batter ducking out of the path of a supersonic fastball, Luis dodged her wine-tinted lips, stepping backward and to his left.  She reacted by twisting her mouth into a scowled response, then smacked his arm.

“Guess you forgot who won that softball game for Team Harrigan, hunh?” he said, chuckling in the shadow of her hooded eyes. ”I know how to get my smile back, sexy.  Here you go,” he offered, switching the subject by whipping out a slender white box wrapped in a  royal-blue ribbon from a side pocket in his trench.

A gift for me, but it’s not my birthday, she pondered.  “Thank you.  OK, bye,” Cora said, becoming painfully self-conscious from his intense stare, this time like Mekhi Phifer’s, into her dark brown eyes.  If she had worn heels, she would have gladly pivoted on them to escape his endearing presence.  But Luis Laz Mekhi had other plans.

“Have you eaten?” he inquired.

“No.”  She was abrupt but not out of rudeness.  Emotional paralysis rendered her immobile.  His penetrating eyes were hypnotizing her and making her think of naughty deeds in secret Times Square alleys.

“Do you have time for something quick around T-Square?” he implored.

“Not much — oh, it’ll have to be q-q-quick,” she stammered.

“Same here.  OK, instead of heading to Disney World — “  He was interrupted.

“Dizzy, I mean Disney?” she inquired.

“Forty-Second and Broadway?” he reminded her.  ”Never mind that one.  First let’s hop a downtown ’N’ train on Forty-Ninth and Seventh to pick up some ginkgo biloba herbal tea for you, then shoot back to midtown to grab some grub at that diner.”

“Which diner, Luis?” she asked nervously, rebraiding a few loose ends with the deftness of a macramé craftswoman as a fiftysomething male driver of a Chevy pickup truck sang lyrics to a favorite eighties song of hers:  “You, you.  You got me hangin’ on a string now.”

“Babe, you know, the one where we met last fall,” he suggested.  “Or should I say where we re-enacted the Fall.  What was its name? … Intermezzo … nah … Intercourse Diner … nah, nah …  Intermission Diner.  Yeah, that’s it.  Hah-hah-hah!”

“OK,” she agreed hesitatingly due to dry mouth and, suddenly, dry vajayjay.

With a wave of his hand, Luis motioned for Cora to cross the street at his side, in heavy traffic.  She was afraid to reveal that getting hit by an automobile was her worst recurring nightmare.  Gathering that she would not budge, he said, “C’mere,” in his typical New York City lingo.  His beckoning index finger rendered his mood playful rather than cautionary.

Gingerly walking on the sidewalk’s steel grating, she chided, “So this is how you plan on ending the friendship, hunh?”  He laughed, then pulled her in close to his side.  All she could think was:  If only he would just kiss me.

“Why don’t you open the gift?” Luis asked.

“What?  Right here in the street?” Cora returned.

He waited patiently while she removed the satiny blue ribbon from the box and cautiously opened it.  He smiled that wide, toothy grin again as her eyes stretched open.  “Ohhh, it’s a friendship bracelet!” she exclaimed, attracting several stares from passersby.

“And check out the engraving on the back,” he said as if he were reading her mind.

Cora’s hands trembled as she smoothed her ring finger over the Art Deco sterling silver bracelet.  She carefully turned over the jewelry to read the engraving aloud: “For Katrina, All My Love.”  All my love?! she repeated inwardly, as if the engraver had had a sick sense of humor.

“You bastard!  Who the hell is Ka-tri-na!” she yelled.  So enthralled had she been to receive his gift that she had not noticed a wedding band on his finger.

“C-C-Cora, I-I-I made a mistake,” he attempted to explain. “Katrina must’ve been on my mind when I placed the order.”

“How could you, Luis?” she asked between sobs.

“Listen,” he said, pulling her gently toward him and inadvertently tripping a Superman lookalike as he ambled across their path as if to find room to launch from the sidewalk to the gleaming crown of the Chrysler Building.  “She and I’ve been divorced for eight years now.  Try to understand; she was my first love.  This ring – I was feeling sentimental last night – look, we can’t give up on us. Let’s not forget the passion the last – “

“Forget?!” she yelled.  “I friggin’ barely remember you — Mister-I’ll-call-you-tomorrow-night!  What happened?  Is it the thirteenth of November and you and I have just traveled back in time?”

“All I can say is how sad that you barely recall me while I clearly remember you bare … and saying, ‘OK, I’ll see you whenever.  So I called you this morning because today we can begin forever,” he promised.

“Whatever,” she murmured.

“What’s that?” he reprimanded.

“Just this,” Cora said, then curled her unkissed lips and hurled the box into the street, where it and the bracelet met their fate beneath the front wheel of a medallion taxi.  She snarled in Luis’ direction but could only drop her head in defeat to his ex-wife’s indelible presence.

Luis had not attempted to retrieve the gift.  His squinting eyes followed the arc of its route from Cora’s hand to the pothole-scarred street.  When he turned toward her to lift her chin and apologize again, she slapped him.  Her hand, which left a red imprint on his face, stung while his ironic infidelity seared her flesh and emblazoned upon her mind.  If he was initially stunned, she was doubly humiliated.

Little did Cora realize that when she hit Luis, he became fully aware of his existence.  Like a newborn, he was breathing air for the first time.  In one act of creation, he was made into her man, sort of like the Book of Genesis re-envisioned on a Manhattan sidewalk.

Luis enjoyed a brief fantasy of Cora buoyantly issuing him a ticket for the transgression.  Speeding in the fast lane of a friendship was a bond that only a year earlier he had banished to exile in the land of platonic love.  The hell with a ticket, he thought.  I’d say my traffic violation is punishable by eighty lashes.  Studying her face, he paused at her glare and imagined double rows of twenty faux eyelashes morphing into tiny, black whips.  After all, Cora was the true mistress of his heat — if not his heart — and he really wanted to obey her.  Channeling Babyface, he ached to sing, “Whip it on meh. Whoo-oo!”  Instead, he reached back several years farther, to The Deele, executing Face’s smooth spin and his fragile falsetto on the chorus: “I only think of you on two occasions. That’s day. And ni-i-ight.”

Cora laughed, which furthered lightened his mood.  Yeah, if only she could know I have “gone for broke,” he sang, trying to reclaim her sweet lil pussy while attempting to win back my wife. Then he remembered that married life hadn’t panned out so well for Face either.  Pussy it shall be.  Yes indeedy.

Cora’s face was still flushed from her brief act of violence, no matter how justified.  On the verge of sniffling, she apologized to Luis.

“Baby, please don’t cry.  I accept your apology,” he said with smiling eyes.

“I’m not crying; it’s allergies,” she fibbed.

“Cool.  Shall we eat now?” he asked as if nothing had transpired.

“Sure, c’mon,” she said.

Cora had never felt so turned on before — not even during foreplay.  But, this could be foreplay, she mused.

“Now that’s the girl I used to know,” Luis said, snaking his arm around her thick waist.

Mmmm, I think this is foreplay, Cora heard the goddess inside of her purr.  She felt her claws retract and a confident smile return to her face.  When she glanced up at her man, she made a mental note of how his handsome face was framed by the midday sun.  She couldn’t see his black rhinestone pupils but sensed the heat rising in her face.  An orange glow from his radiant gaze.  Around them everyone was rushing as if they really cared to where or to whom they were headed, but she reflected:  Right here with him, yeah.  I’m good.

Without missing a heartbeat, Luis leaned down to her like some divine entity and kissed eternal life into her.  As he held her shoulders, her A-line coat, which was a Mediterranean olive-green, seemed to melt away.  Wobbling within his embrace like a stilt walker on the verge of collapse, she trembled for what seemed like forever. Power had shifted to his hands and his lips, and she was surrendering — an inevitability assured by more than a year of celibacy-by-circumstance.  Just then, a car drove past blasting a throwback by Stevie Wonder:  “Superwoman (Where Were You When I Needed You).”  Yesssss, God’s a woman, she rejoiced inwardly as she welcomed a blossoming orgasm of fuschia and violet that clouded any remaining particles of reason among oxytocin receptors.

* * * * *

Standing directly behind Cora, Luis inhaled the coconut essence from his lover’s auburn-frosted braids.  Dripping wet, she pretended to peruse the Intermission Diner’s distressed, laminated menu with interest, its edges taped to a large, weathered window facing West Forty-Third Street.  What she craved lay beneath his fleshy nose.  Fuck this soup ‘n sammich deal, she thought.  Licking her lips while he sniffed among her braids, she desired the soft double swelling that for the moment trembled dangerously close to her slender neck.  Instinctively, the fine hairs at the top of her back and along her arms bristled in a prehistoric response to approaching danger.  Shaking in an embrace reflected in the window, she no longer could see the menu. As his hardness seemed to appear out of nowhere, her inner pear began contracting again and allowed a natural gel to seep onto her stockinged thighs.

Suddenly her nervous smile disappeared into his mouth. Through the dingy pane she watched his curly ‘fro circle closely under her nose; felt his tongue snake toward her tonsils.  Once again she tried to focus on the diner’s offerings, knowing full well that she wished his generous meat was on the menu.  When his lips returned to his favorite place, she regained her normal breathing pattern but not her composure. Invisible swirls of his impassioned breath inadvertently misted the finer hairs on the nape of her neck in the narrow path where her braids separated and dangled past the collar of her swing coat. Just as he started massaging her small, soft breasts through her blouse and thrusting against her rear, her eyes zoomed in on one of the early-bird specials:  turkey burger deluxe with the soup de jour.  Despite the midtown heat, she felt a familiar chill from within.

“You’ve got some stones to push up on me with only ten bucks to spare.  I don’t mind being your cheap date this afternoon, Luis,” she paused without turning to face him.  “Next time I want a fancy table, candlelight, roses and a menu that includes a whole lobster and not just lobster bisque.  You dig?”

“This diner does have lobsters.  Where is this coming from, Cora?” he asked.  “You’ve always told me you prefer comfort food,” he said, staring at her generous bottom, which not even the roomiest swing coat could hide.  He imagined her on any weeknight, shoveling in bowls of macaroni and cheese while feigning interest in the fate of the protagonist in whatever woman-in-peril movie was airing on her favorite cable television channel:  Lifetime.  Her shrill tone snapped him out of the daydream — or nightmare as it were — and back into her life.

“Your ambivalent ways with me for the past ten months have made me anything but comfortable,” she said.  Her oasis of pussy had turned to desert sand.

Cora stepped to her left, out of Luis’ erotic force field, and turned sharply toward him so that her braids whipped the front of his parted trenchcoat.  He barely had time to look away.

“You should watch those tendrils of yours, hon’,” he said, his usually sparkling black eyes narrowing to slits.  “I can feel the sting right through my trench.”

“Well,” she returned with a defiant flip of her braids, “I could’ve castrated you for bumping my grill.  Couldn’t you see that I was parked?”

“Ouch!” he cried out.  Sensing that he had just been lashed and nearly rendered a eunuch, Luis nevertheless did not want to admit to the emasculation.  Instead, he reminded her, “You need to accept that we have an indefatigable sexual attraction to one another, so let me just, uh, roll up to your bumper, baby.”

Excusez-moi, but I’m not Grace Jones, and so you’re not going to ‘drive it in between’ — I believe are her lyrics,” she said.

“Don’t avoid my statement.  We are sexual soulmates.  Admit it, woman,” he insisted.

“Okay, okay, I confess that the thought of you turns me on.  Well, sometimes.  Look, enough of that.  How about we get together on a weekend for a change?  I can’t repeat this kind of long lunch hour, or else I could lose my job at the law firm.  Then I’ll really be up shit’s creek,” she said.

“So what do you propose?” he asked.  Instantly he regretted it.

“Next Saturday’s the fifth of October, so I’m thinking an Italian restaurant — maybe one of the quaint ones in Little Italy.  C’mon, babe.  Whaddaya say?”

He was dumbstruck and not just because she made him realize that Chinatown had not obliterated Little Italy, a neighborhood that was two blocks away from extinction — which in his mind made her a cultural anthropologist.  Hell, I’d accompany her on an excavation anywhere in the world, but I wish she’d delve more into my soul because I really dig her, his thoughts rambled.  The source of his shock, what had his senses spinning like those of terrified Jimmy Stewart-as-“Scottie” peering over the stairwell in Vertigo, was:  The fifth of October would be his ex-wife’s birthday.  However, Luis could not divulge that to Cora.  As far as he could discern from his stolen moments with Katrina, she had no one with whom to share her celebrations.  Besides, he already had promised to treat her to dinner at Sardi’s.

Struggling to imagine how his best friend, Yannick, would advise him in this awkward moment, he turned somatically febrile.  He averted his gaze from Cora, stripping off his trench and revealing an acid-washed denim shirt that matched the jeans which flattered the contours of his lower trunk.

“Errrgrrrr.”  Cora was unleashing her inner feline.  She remembered that he never could resist her growly purr à la Eartha Kitt’s Catwoman paired with a demure smile evoking the actress in the title character of Anna Lucasta opposite Sammy Davis Jr. a decade earlier. At present, however, her borrowed man’s mind was on his failing juggling act.  While he was dropping his balls like an amateur circus clown, she easily was losing her grip on the present upon glimpsing his fetching bod, which conjured up memories of how, two years prior, he had pinned her against the railing of the boat — a yacht as far as she was concerned — as it floated through New York Harbor.  Now as then, she was slipping off the railing of reason and falling hard for a married man. He may have been divorced on paper but still held emotional ties to his ex-wife.

Once Cora’s senses returned, she told him, on the verge of drooling:  “I don’t know how you stay in such great shape.  Beating off after our naughty phone sessions couldn’t possibly be that much of a workout.”

“Uh, have you ever heard of a gym, hon’?” he quipped.  Before he could follow up his question with a chuckle, Cora jabbed her elbow into his ribs.  Passersby were astonished, clutching their sides and sighing as if sympathetically suffering from his injury.

Beads of perspiration doubled in volume as if conspiring against him. Still smarting from the pain, he nevertheless was far more worried as to how he was going to break the news about Katrina to Cora.  After all, he was still in love with Katrina LeNoire — despite the fact that she had resumed using her maiden name — and could not delete that Al Green ballad from his cerebral eight-track.  Unlike R&B’s Reverend Al, though, Luis had little control over his organ.  Instead of imagining orchestral strings forming a celestial canopy over the soulman’s emotive strains, he heard bedsprings squeaking in clave rhythms beneath the groove. Suddenly he stumbled, unable to find his center, as if in a tug-of-war between restraint and desire.

“Oh, dear God, Luis!  I’m so sorry, babe,” she said, kissing from his ear to his mouth, then to his other ear.

The thought that invaded his existence was:  This is the kind of woman that would cut my throat as easily as she kisses me from ear to ear, and I bet she’d apologize profusely while choking me in an attempt to stop the bleeding.

On tiptoes, she clutched his face and licked along the shadow of his moustache.  His lips swelled from the hot, wet sensation.  Using her meaty tongue like a penis, she penetrated his parted lips.  She sucked in his hot breath and felt a faint contraction in her tilted womb.  Then she turned so he could embrace her from behind.  Like the vixen he begged her to roleplay during their occasional phone bone, she poked her plump posterior against his junction.

He felt his briefs tighten on his genitalia.  He bit his lower lip and risked spraining his neck to whisper amorous words into his lover’s ear.  She sank back into his trembling embrace and tried to hide her delight from his gentle prodding against her derrière.  They were both grateful for the diner’s dirty windows, which they hoped shielded their erotic deeds from the patrons inside.  She leaned forward, pressing her palms to the warm glass.  His present intertwined with their past like the interlocking strands in her ropelike braids.  He was experiencing a delusional fantasy that carried him to the edge of ecstasy.  Shutting his eyes, he imagined them having an afternoon tumble on the firm futon she had described in many of their erotic phone sessions.  He could taste her briny perspiration and see her muscular shoulder blades sliding upon his firm caresses of her pillowy breasts and continuing around to her back.

As if on cue, a sixty-ish saxophonist with the complexion of dark Jamaican rum scraped his crate against the curb to grab their attention.  When the harsh sound of hard plastic on concrete failed to cut through their discord, the musician angled his ax in their direction and blew a swirl of harmony their way in the form of Coltrane’s “Giant Steps.”  His arthritic fingers still worked their magic, their stubby nimbleness a blur on the dull brass valves of his instrument.  He seemed to summon all the air in his lungs to breathe new meaning into the song, its freshness in stark counterpoint with his unkempt silver beard, tarnished gold stud molded into his right earlobe and tattered beige camouflage jacket with baggy, soot-stained khakis.

Cora changed her tune.  “I want you by my side, Luis.  The way I’ve desired you to be since reuniting with you last November.”

“I was just waiting for the invitation,” he said, his hands buried in his pockets.  “Mother, may I?”

She howled with laughter at the reference to one of her favorite childhood games.   “Yes, you may take one giant step,” she said in a mock-haughty tone.

“Ah, that’s more like it, hon’,” he said and craned his neck for a peck on hers while planting his sizable palms around her shoulders.  Despite her plus-size physique, she was lithe and easily slid out of his embrace.

“Luis, be a darling, why don’t you.  Take my hand and pretend you’re a doting lover consumed with the idea of bedding me upon the first orange rays of sunset.”  He was still scowling at her comment when she fondled his firm buttocks.  She could not believe he yelped, though his effeminate sound was drowned out by the saxman’s frenzied crescendo.

The Intermission Diner’s sign, its name set in a sans-serif Broadway font, hovered above their heads.  It was a fact that did not escape Cora, who had been superstitious since childhood.  She hated when her friends would tell her to “break a leg” just prior to going onstage for any of her progressive junior high school’s plays.  At present she was Lady Macbeth casting a chilling glance at Luis, who looked back at her meekly.  She rubbed her forearm as if missing the “friendship” bracelet she had hurled into the street less than a half-hour earlier.

The veteran saxophonist cleared his throat and rattled his coffee cup of coins in the pair’s direction.  Defeated, he slammed the cup against the concrete beneath him and expectorated several times into the street, nearly slipping off his crate.  He licked his lips the way he must have before a session at the Savoy, Cotton Club, or any number of elegant clubs where, back in the day, he and many other ”colored” musicians were forced to enter by the back door.  The man fixed his chapped lips around his reed instrument and serenaded Cora and Luis with “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.”

Whether affected by the old man’s mojo or simply the gentle swagger of his sax, the pair moved inches closer to each other.  They both squinted through the soot-tinted glass to spot a vacant table.   Another ten minutes and they would get lucky, though not in a Daft Punk way.  Like a natural history museum’s carcasses, Intermission Diner’s patrons were of varied stripes and sizes, and Cora was stupefied that she could discern most of them.  She was certain that the phenomenon was not due to her visual acuity, though, as she had left her eyeglasses on her desk in a deliberate act of vanity to which all women past a certain age were entitled.  Instead, she attributed her unusual ability of making out the diners, despite the grimy glass, to a gestalt  that traced back to a childhood obsession for games of connect-the-dots.  The problem was she had trouble discerning where to draw the lines in her current, labyrinthine involvement.

Luis, on the other hand, was a sun-kissed Narcissus so enamored by his reflection that he appeared unfazed by the opaque streaks formed by a curious mixture of water and airborne grime.  He leaned back with the dexterity of a limbo dancer in a feeble attempt to capture his likeness in the few slivers of light that the window would allow of the sun.  Only by absorbing himself into his physical beauty could he temporarily forget his promise to his ex-wife.  The former Katrina Monique Fatale was a gorgeous, dark-eyed, übersensitive woman who embodied a song she had often played on Sunday evenings: Ginette Reno’s “Une Femme Sentimentale.”

Cora stood by Luis’ side, a hand on her cloaked hip, sizing up his 5-foot-10 frame.  Lawwwd, whatta god, she intoned.  She vacillated between fascination and annoyance until she no longer could bear either.  “Fucking Luis-in-the-looking-glass!  Let’s go in or dine somewhere else.  I won’t have much time to eat anyway; I’ve got to get back to work.  I’m not a hotshot like you, able to make your advertising bosses swoon at the sight of you and forget that you’re taking advantage of their lunch hour policy.”

“Relax, sweetie,” was all he could say as he checked out his profile.  He removed a small comb from his back pocket and touched up his springy ’fro.

She was frustrated less by his vanity than by their phone sex ritual, which always culminated with him groaning loudly into the receiver and with her frowning from not having a chance to get beyond a lubed state.  Indeed, her soles were wearing thin from the relationship dance with Luis.  She fixed her gaze on the Intermission Diner’s sign.  Flashing in gaudy bile-green neon lights — despite it being daytime — save nine of the one hundred twenty-five bulbs, the sign dangled outside the establishment’s second-story windows.  A peck on the cheek from Luis brought her back to earth.

They walked through the fingerprint-mottled glass door and waited for the hostess to seat them.  Within five minutes a shapely waitress and faded beauty queen named Janine shimmied over to their Formica table.  “What can I get for youz?” she said between cracking her gum, which made Cora’s eyes twitch like Vivien Leigh’s Blanche DuBois’ when the latter was having one of several nervous breakdowns in Elia Kazan’s film adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire.

Luis gesticulated toward Cora and transmitted what he used to call “the eye beam.”

“I ain’t got all day, ma’am.  My shift’s endin’ soon,” said Janine.

“Cora, watch it.  Watch it now,” Luis warned.

“All righty, then,” said Cora.  “I’ll have two eggs … uhhhhh … scrambled medium, with … uhhhhh … bacon, home fries and toast.  I’m not finished.  Uhhhh … make that no butter.”

“On what?  Lemme guess … uhhhhh … the bacon?” Janine mocked.

Luis made things worse, pretending to snore, which elicited a swift kick in the shin from his lover.

“Ow!  Dammit!  OK, I’ll have one egg over easy and an English muffin,” he said.

“Anything to drink for the botha youz?” Janine asked, smirking.

“Make it two freshly squeezed OJs, hon’,” he said, winking at the waitress.

“What the fuck was that?” Cora asked as Janine swiveled her hips in the direction of the grill.

“I’ve been coming here for years, mujer,” he scolded.  “Listen, don’t start.”

“Forgive me, babe,” she said softly, then kicked off her patent leather flats.  And not to air her tootsies.

“C’mon, that tickles,” he told her as her stockinged left foot circled his right ankle through his sweat socks.  When her foot fumbled at his crotch, he stopped complaining and his rock-hard bulge complied with her seduction.

“Down boy,” he demanded.  They both laughed raucously.

“Why’d you break the mood?” she complained.  “Are you opposed to sex before breakfast?”

“What, are we supposed to screw on top of the table before our eggs are served?  I don’t want to get slivers of glass from salt and pepper shakers embedded in my dick, sweetie,” he said with a grimace.

“Hey, what we were just doing–”

“What you, you were just doing,” he corrected her.

“Whatever — that was foreplay.  We could always go and have a quickie in a bathroom stall,” she said.  “Speaking of which, where are the commodes in this joint?”

“Downstairs,” he said, pointing toward the rear of the diner at the large, dingy Restrooms sign.

“Ooh, that’s quite discreet, don’tcha think, huh?” she teased.  Batting her eyes at him, she snaked her right foot up his denim-clad right leg until she reached his expanded crotch.

“I see we’ve been watching Unfaithful again,” he said, referring to one of her favorite scenes from the once-controversial film.  During more than one of their late-night phone bones, she told him she often had fantasized about acting out the film’s torrid scene in a restaurant’s bathroom stall.  She even insisted that Luis not only rent the DVD of the film but also study French in his spare time.  A few Berlitz lessons and nearly a thousand dollars later, he managed to perfect a French accent so that he could impersonate Olivier Martínez, for which Cora rewarded him with orgasmic phrases in English.

Considering his lover’s mean left hook, Luis feared her other fantasy — that of acting out the pseudo-S&M scene in which Martínez’s Paul Martel commands Diane Lane’s Constance Sumner to slap him senseless.

“You know, I haven’t had the balls to admit this until now,” he said, grinning, “but that movie’s a lousy remake of the great French film La Femme infidèle.”

“That may be, mon chéri, but let’s just pray I don’t wind up getting a blow to the head with a snow globe,” she quipped.

It took him a moment, and then he grasped her point. “Look, Cora, I told you that me and my ex–”

“For the love of God, man, you can say her name out loud.  ‘Katrina,’ there!” she cried, attracting unwanted attention from surrounding tables.  Barely lowering her voice, she continued, “You’re still in love with her, aren’t you?  I can’t get over that engraved bracelet.”

“You already tossed the bracelet, which, I might add, was unnecessary.  Let’s get off that topic and the one of Kat … my former wife, that is,” he insisted.

“Fine, just fine.  Uh, here comes our juice,” she said in a not-so-smooth segue that let him know he wasn’t going to get any of hers that night.  She accessed her telekinetic iTune browser, reciting the refrain of a New Jack throwback – En Vogue’s debut song – in hushed tones, albeit without four-part harmony.

In case he dared to ignore her passive-aggressive warning, she decided to toss sexual manipulation out the diner’s soiled window and went for the jugular:  imitating Glenn Close’s inflections and countenance in her psychotic, iconic Fatal Attraction scene. “I will not be ignored, Luis,” she cautioned.

However, he disregarded her faux-threats.  “So you’re a Renaissance woman now,” he responded facetiously.  “What’s next?  A spontaneous sonnet in iambic pentameter?”

“Screw you, Luis!” she barked, to the chagrin of a white December-December lesbian couple who had just blown out a dildo-shaped, rainbow-striped candle on their wedding cupcake.

“Apparently you won’t even do that, mujer!” he volleyed defensively.  Then, his semen turned to venom, he added: “I hope you’re into swinging ’cause I’m ’bout to hang you by your bra strap.”

“The fact that you’re about to lose your girlfriend would obviate that,” she returned.  But she was bluffing.  Seeing him was the manifestation, recently, of nightly masturbatory daydreams.  She wanted him, in girth and mirth.

“Oh, Luis, let’s not fight – ” she wasn’t allowed to finish.

“Each other or the feeling?” he wanted to know.

“Both, baby.  Both,” she answered, tears welling up in raccoon eyes.

Janine had eavesdropped on enough of their conversation and Cora’s music-and-movie moment – not to mention Cora’s Tammy Fay Baker impersonation – to discern that a storm was brewing and that it was far more bitter than the house java.  She smiled Luis’ way as she placed the glasses of orange juice down on the table.  “Sure I can’t get youz no coffee?”

“We’d like some privacy.  Just bring our food, please,” Cora snapped.

“Two coffees, one black, one with half-and-half.  Thanks, hon’,” Luis added with two winks.

Janine shot a glare at Cora, cracked her gum for emphasis, scribbled “Bitch at Table #7” onto her pad and swayed her hips toward a party of three across the room.

“Just keep winking at our waitress like that, and I’ll put that eye out,” warned Cora.

“Accept that you’re a paranoid woman,” he advised, “but don’t take it out on Janine.  That woman’s been busting her ass at this diner going on twenty years.  She couldn’t care less about our love affair.”

“Oh, suddenly it’s love that you feel for me.  Luis, really?” she said.

Attempting to change the subject, he asked, “Why don’t you go back to showing me how you appreciate seeing me again, ma chérie?”

Aided by the sunlight bathing her and Luis, Cora’s snarl melted into a smile.  She shifted in the booth seat upon feeling her boy shorts dampening.

Forty-five minutes of demonic gastrointestinal gurgling later …
Cora braced herself for the onslaught of a hot platter of soft-scrambled eggs, bacon, home fries and toast as waitress Janine seemed to be perfecting her flying disc toss to an imaginary canine seated at the table.  Blessed with quick reflexes, Cora unfolded her white napkin and used it to shield her face and prevent first-degree burns from the greasy strips of bacon and home fries performing sizzling somersaults before her eyes.  “Damn, now that’s a sure sign I should’ve worn my eyeglasses!” she exclaimed.

Luis was tittering at his lover’s expense but, one swift kick to his groin later, was doubled over in excruciating pain.

Laughing so hard she nearly choked on her leatherized gum, Janine, unaware of Luis’ condition, turned her back to Cora and switched her way toward the kitchen.  As she weaved through the hopscotch of tables in her path, she gave her difficult patron the finger, letting it waggle on the downbeat of the güira heard in the eardrum-splitting merengue that was cranking from the diner’s speakers.

Unaware that she was keeping her own rhythm with the butter knife against the Formica table, Cora followed the waitress’s percussive digit to a path beneath her dingy apron.  She could not believe her eyes when the saucy server began scratching somewhere down in the valley of the Cordillera Central, between La Pelona and Pico Duarte. Instinctively, Cora shot a glance at her moist scrambled eggs.  Are those white particles amid the fried yellow yolks really the egg whites, or a rooster’s sperm or —  heaven forbid — are they bilious projectile from that hen? she wondered.

Luis, why didn’t you chide that heffa?” she clucked.  Hen, cow — any farm animal would do.  She might have repeated her query, but realized that her companion’s eyes were shut and his mouth twisted into a whorl of flesh.  “Luis?  Lu — oh my God!  What’s wrong with you?”

Patrons at surrounding tables paused only long enough to belch and to curse under their breath at the loud disturbances coming from Table #7.  The din of suits and sluts resumed with the merengue segueing into Barry Manilow’s ode to showgirl Lola and her lover, Tony:  “Copacabana.”

“Awww, awww,” Luis was still groaning.  Before actual words could travel from his brain to his lips, Janine trotted back to the fated table to the beat of Manilow’s disco cowbells.  Slinking her sixtyish figure down toward Luis, she lowered her eyes to his groin and sang, “At the Copa … we fell in love.”

“Awww, awww, no. Nooo,” he said, moaning and diverting his eyes from hers.  To his chagrin, one of Janine’s stretchmarked pink breasts gingerly boxed his generous tanned nose.  Then she swung a plate of hot eggs over easy and an English muffin from behind her back.  “Fuuuck!” he yelled.  Looking in Cora’s direction, he added, “My huevos will never be the same after your swift goal kick to my monkey, sweetie. Fuck me!”

“I’d love to,” joked the waitress, her grin disappearing when she noticed the silence.

Cora played back the tape of Janine’s first serve.  She realized she had been giving Luis a footjob under the table, so she already had stepped inside a danger zone.

“Have you no compassion, dear?” he intruded into her recollection, sounding hoarse.  While he gently squeezed his companion’s wrist as if to find a pulse, Cora eyed her target and relied on her rapid reflexes.  Her fork’s trajectory barely missed Janine’s rear end as she moved away from the booth.

“I guess that’s my answer, hunh, baby?” Luis asked raspily, all the while cupping the deflated denim over his pruned scrotum.

“I suppose you’ll beg me to use my hands to stroke your ego next time, hon’,” was all the endearment that Cora could muster before shoveling down her cold scrambled eggs.  “Eat your eggs before they grow their shells back.”

Just for good measure, Luis mouthed the words “I love you” in her direction, but received nothing in return except a few home fries beside his lukewarm, floppy eggs.  Where is the woman who used to coo when I undid her bra with my telekinetic vision? he mused.

“Mmmm, I love the Intermission Diner’s scrambled eggs,” she said.  “They must use a special ingredient, you think?”

“Yeah, nothing like hacking up a good one from the throat,” he said, regretting the remark before the last word was enunciated.

“Care to repeat that, mister?” she threatened.  When she addressed him impersonally, he knew any chance of nookie was several months farther away from the long shot.

“Look, sweetie, I’m damn near infertile from your, er, involuntary capoeira move in the cojones.  I knew I shouldn’t have encouraged you to take that Intro to Kick Ass course.

“It was an African Brazilian dance class, and don’t be such a smart ass, Luis.   I didn’t object to your repeating the Salsa y Sueños class with ex-wife Katrina at the 92nd Street Y when, as you insisted, she was trying to deal with her immense solitude.  Salsa y Sueños, all right.  Hmpf.  That woman remains la mujer des tus sueños, I bet.”

“Oh, boo, don’t be so hard on me, especially when it’ll take rehabilitative therapy for me to get hard in your presence again.  Besides, my intimacies with Katrina soon will be a memory.”  If Pinocchio were not a fairytale, he would have his only possible hard-on, one long enough to whiff more of the coconut essence from behind her ears, which now were blushing like her face.

“Am I really your … boo?” she asked, her voice softening upon uttering each syllable.

Knocking over what remained in his glass of orange juice and sending his utensils clanging on the tiled floor, Luis reached over the table and embraced Cora’s tense shoulders through her tan blouse’s rayon until they surrendered to his warmth.  She tasted his eggs over easy; he, her bacon bits.  In the next minute, they both were wearing an assortment of condiments, from ketchup and butter to strawberry jam.  They both hated the deli variety, but this kind of tongue sandwich whetted their appetite.

“Ah-he-he-hem,” Janine said while cracking a new stick of gum.  She was not amused by the pair’s foreplay.  She had a reason to feel selfish, having survived the first year of celibacy since the third of her husbands ran out on her with yet another friend.  In a tough city such as New York, friends were hard to come by, but apparently not to come with.  At least that’s what her first dear heart used to tell her when she would complain to him about needing a boob job to keep up with her friends’ silicon masterpieces.

“Hey, hey,” piped up Janine, interrupting her smooching customers.  “Mickey and Kim, it’s nine-and-a-half weeks later, and my shift has ended.  Botha youz get a room … A-whorrr-ah.”

All that Cora could muster, once Luis removed his octopus suckers for lips from her neck, was, “Geez, Janine.  I would’ve expected more sophistication from you.  For instance, that classic line delivered by the server in A Man and a Woman, where the couple is dining in the Normandy Hotel –”

“Yeah, yeah, I know that movie,” Janine interrupted her.  “I remember when Un Homey et Une Farm was released with that happy-go-fucky ‘chubba-dubba-da’ theme by Francis Lee .”

“I think you mean ‘Lai,’ Janine,” Luis corrected her.

“Whatever, honey.  Lay is what youz wannado at dis here booth table, but not on my watch,” the waitress cautioned.  She emphasized her point by tapping the table with her forefinger, further chipping away nail polish about three shades too bright for her age.

“Are you a warden or a warlock, I mean, waitress?” Cora teased.

“No, hon’, only men can be warlocks.  Women are the witches,” Luis offered, grabbing the remainder of his smashed English muffin and stuffing a ten dollar bill inside Janine’s exposed bra.  “Adios, Janine.”  He accentuated his farewell by slowly spinning Cora away from the booth and into a hustle figure to the first strains of Yvonne Elliman’s “If I Can’t Have You.”

Wrapped in Luis’ arms, Cora had a twenty-second fantasy of their own version of Saturday night fever that made her body tremble.  He noticed and embraced her tighter as they headed out of the diner and into the urban humidity.  Kissing me would make it better, she desired to confess to him.  He pulled her into his body, into his stiffness, and held her there.  Her knees buckled suddenly, but he provided all the support she needed.

Dragging her backward, tango style, toward a concrete wall of a bank that was going out of business, he pondered how easy it might be to make a quick deposit.  A nobrainer, he thought as he smothered Cora’s profile in full-lipped kisses.  Pedestrians either skated past them, their jaws fastened to their mobile phones, or pounded the pavement while their telltale white cords announced to onlookers that they had been invaded by body snatchers via iPods.

Urban zombies rushed by the euphoric lovers, unaware of their undulating movements and primal aromas.  In the sliver of shadow beneath the building’s roof, Luis’ long fingers made a swamp of Cora’s grassy vulva, and her writhing response sent them probing her canal down to his knuckles.  Her moans matched his in intensity and wavelengths.  Feeling her muscles contract and release around his dewy digits, he knew it would not be long before his throbbing erection, impaling her buttocks’ crevice through her swing coat, would turn to titanium in a chemical reaction.

Mi corazón, I wanna do you here.  Aquí.  Out in the open,” he whispered with rattled breath into an ear reddened more with ketchup than with the flush of embarrassment.

It was a mission possible.  Cora refused to abort.  Besides, Luis had Tom Cruise beat by a thousand miles.  And Luis had Cora whoozy and surrounded in a billion stars.

“Y’know,” she spoke hoarsely, “it’s illegal … ahhh … in New York C-C-C-City … aaaahhh … to carry a concealed weapon … aaaAAAHHH!  Oh, oh … Ohhh, my GOD!!!”

Amorrrr,” he whispered between licks on her earlobes.

By the time she turned holy, he had maneuvered her clothing and his coat so that he could slip inside her.  Before he could join her denomination – or demonization as it were – he spotted a police car with his peripheral vision.  The pair straightened up quickly and gathered their composure.

“Guess you’ll need to wear that trench back to the trenches,” she teased her lover.

“Yeah,” he agreed, “it can be a circus there, with jerks putting guys with involuntary hard-ons on blast.  I’d better conjure up a hideous thought to subdue the clown beneath this tent.”

“How about Oprah having an ‘aha’ moment during a big ‘O’?” she gibed.

“Baby!  I meant I need to lose my erection, not make it shrivel to an okra!” he joked, always trying to upstage her.

“Rubbish,” she said.

“Nah, Cora.  We’re talkin’ succotash ’cause the woman does have some nice tomatoes,” he said.

“What, genetically enhanced – ”

“Time out!” Luis called, gesticulating for emphasis.  He yanked her away from the faintest notion that either one of them would ever be anywhere inside the buxom billionaire’s mansion, and then he returned her to their penniless heaven.  After swinging his flexible body around her, he slinked sensually like Vernel Bagneris, though pretending to catch coins from a sky that was immune to rain.  Flipping his hands palm down, he reversed his smile to an Emmett Kelly frown, then made his two-dollar umbrella appear and disappear like a delusioned illusionist-clown.

As they walked past the diner again, they held hands and smiled each other’s way like schoolkids. They read into each other’s eyes the regret of having to sublimate their erections. He squeezed her hand firmly, then brought her knuckles to his moist lips the way he wished to kiss her levitated hips.  Their passion, wet and wild like autumn waves crashing under the moon, shone in their eyes.  Although it was daytime in Manhattan, they wished it night.  They made it so, for under cloak of night could they skulk about Dionysian shadows to writhe in sin. Their tortured souls, having summoned shamanic sex magic, searched for sensual drumming beneath their consciousness to synchronize their heartbeats and override the mechanics of time.

Cora’s dark brown pupils swam inside Luis’ black rhinestone irides, where she envisioned riding his surf on the cusp of every sunrise. Before they could reach the corner, however, they were separated from their fantasy world when the curbside saxman appealed to them with his clairvoyant sense of humor:  his rendition of Evelyn “Champagne” King’s “I Don’t Know If It’s Right.”  Gee, why not bebop through rapper Triple V’s “Not Another Jump-off,” Cora wanted to snap at the senior serenader.

She began panicking although the chapped-lipped musician had no way of knowing about her stolen moment with somebody else’s husband.  Yet she was hallucinating that the viceroy of the valves was also the judge of their transgression; her co-workers at the law firm of Greed, Avarice & Corruption LLP, the jury — that is, if clucking and snorting were allowed in court.  Not that Animal Farm had ever been on any of her middle-school or high-school teachers’ required-reading lists, but Cora had survived the firm into her fifth year by the motto of “better seen, not herd.”

While she was chewing on her cud, it was as if Luis were reading her mind when he sighed and said, “Back to the cutthroat culture of the ad agency, cutie.”

Watching Cora’s plus-size figure disappear into the late-lunch crowd, he meditated on how her absence created a safety zone where he could reconnect with his fidelity to his former wife, Katrina.  He was like a chameleon in his erotic desire, having no guilt over his residual lust shared with one woman to fulfill another’s emotional void.  He walked out of the saxophonist’s line of sight and yanked out his mobile phone.  Bluetooth inserted, he phoned Katrina on his way back to the ad agency while rehearsing a script stored for priapic days like this, when he needed her manual relief by midnight.  It would take only twelve hours to make good on his booty call, but he wished he had more than a week to figure a way to weasel out of the planned romantic dinner with Cora.  He had never missed celebrating Katrina’s birthday with her, and this year would be the big four-zero.

English: Empire StateBuilding From NJ

English: Empire StateBuilding From NJ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 


The following week, on the fifth of October …

 

Less than four hours remained until his dinner date with his ex-wife, Katrina, at her favorite Manhattan restaurant: Sardi’s. In less than five minutes his mistress would emerge from the ladies’ restroom with freshly scrubbed hands, ready to pry open a three-pound lobster across from him at a ramshackle diner. As the wisecracking waitress Janine approached their table, adjusting her apron and popping open one button too close to her mountainous cleavage, ad man Luis Manuel DeJesus wondered aloud, “How in hell did I wind up in this predicament, needing to take out a secured loan to wine and dine a girl who can only be a side dish and an ex who’ll always be a snide bitch?”

“Hi, hon’,” Janine greeted, snapping a stick of gum and sending spearmint spittle into a glass of water likely sourced from the polluted East River.

“Heya, Janine. Say, don’tchu work daytime shifts only?” asked Luis.

“Well, since my last boyfriend absconded with my fourteen-karat gold vibrator that a previous lover had got me from Sand Trapeze or somewhere in the South of France … ” her story trailed off in some tawdry universe while he reminisced the previous night with his lover, Coretta Piaget Richmond.

* * * * *

 

After a lunchtime phone call from Katrina that began, “Luis, we need to talk,” he needed a distraction that was not female. Eyeing his BlackBerry, he could not wait to meet his team’s deadline, especially with the agency’s number one client arriving from Chicago at three-fifteen to listen to a presentation for its most prominent product.  As team leader, Luis had had many sleepless nights, but in the end he and his crew had come up with the perfect thrust for multichannel advertising.  Thus he was psyched when, immediately after the PowerPoint presentation for DuraThrust Condoms, agency head Thomas Scott Evan Harrigan sought him out to congratulate him. Though, he was pissed when his boss’ bone-crushing handshake nearly brought an end to jack-off mornings, nighttime fuck-chats and money shots on subscriber-paid Internet porn sites, and sexting that made Anthony Weiner’s pale in comparison.

“Luis, my man,” Harrigan said, oblivious to his employee’s physical pain, “I loved that grand-fucking-beautiful presentation:  ‘DuraThrust Condoms – for men who desire intense pleasure without regrets.’”

Listening to Harrigan chortle and then sigh as a petite blonde stepped into his crosshairs and brushed her rear against the barrel in his Ralph Lauren trousers, Luis wished he could be so at ease — and a fly dresser, too.  At forty-five he thought he had learned to manage the consequences of earning a Ph.D. in freakology.  Why didn’t I get that vasectomy that I’d threatened Katrina with back in the day?  Damn! he cursed himself for letting his boys out to play house.  He had succumbed to temptation with an ex who was as fertile as Octomom.  Abortions weren’t out of the question while we were married, so what gives? he ruminated over the crisis in his mind.  What he would have given to be a part of the DuraThrust focus groups, especially since the extra-strength condoms contained a secret chemical that, when activated by withdrawal of the penis, destroyed any semen inside or outside the prophylactic’s magic rubber; thereby also destroying manipulative women’s chances of trapping men with unplanned pregnancies.

Despite the success of the presentation, Luis left work feeling deflated.  It was time to return home to a seedy reality. Thus when his colleague and buddy Yannick sidled up beside him at a urinal in the company’s men’s room and suggested midstream that they toast their team’s triumph, all Luis could mumble was, “Man, sometimes science is a mutha — as in muthafuckin’ too late.”

“Yo, this isn’t like you, dude.  What are you talking about?” Yannick implored.

“Don’t listen to me, Yan.  I’m buggin’, just buggin’, man,” Luis lied.

“Luis, you know your boy’s always here for you.  Look at my big-ass ears; I’m a good listener, OK?” his friend joked.

“Yeah, man.  Thanks.  Cool,” Luis said.

“Enough of this depressing shit — let’s go toast to DuraThrust!” Yannick suggested.

Little did his buddy know, Luis already had been fucked:  by Katrina’s bombshell earlier that Friday.  But Yannick would learn the news over brewskies at Lucky’s Sports Bar and, later, over Champagne at the swankiest restaurant in Manhattan:  Yannick’s Upper West Side condo.

In the wee hours of the morning, Yannick put Luis in a cab, thinking he would have the sense to head home to East Harlem for solid sleep.  Instead, Luis slid the window back and gave the taxi driver a Brooklyn address.  After the thirtysomething man sent his unibrow into a series of abrupt pushups and littered Luis’ ear with Sudanese expletives, all while making eye contact in the mirror above the dashboard, he agreed to deliver his inebriated passenger as long as the rear doors remained locked until his destination. Pissed, Luis slammed the window forward and watched the cabdriver curse to himself.

Arriving in Bushwick, he stumbled out of the yellow taxi, labored up five concrete steps and nodded off while seated until a squirrelly man with icy-blue eyes and a pair of Converses in one hand swung open the creaky front door just inches from the rear of Luis’ ’fro.  “Good luck to you,” the jittery man said, appearing to be sneaking out of the building as if wanting to escape the terror of seeing how his one night stand might look in the morning.

Phew! At least I’m in here — well, not quite,” Luis muttered to himself, scratching his head while the one between his thighs did the thinking. Now, he wondered, where the fuck am I going to sleep until waking Cora’s ass up at a reasonable hour?

After napping for forty-five minutes in the dimly lighted vestibule of Cora’s apartment building, he lifted his head and peeled folded arms off a huge Universal Parcel Service box stained with his dried saliva.  By that time, dawn’s bluish gray light had tracked him to Bushwick and had begun peeking through the blue-green-red stained glass of the transom.  With an eighth of juice remaining on his cellie, he tried placing a booty call to Cora but was sent directly to voicemail. Click. His ego would not permit him to beg for booty from his mistress before sunrise. Oh well, there’s only one way but up, he reflected.  More than he could say for his dick. Damn!  Did I have to  guzzle down those drinks? He was sober only in his determination to force Cora to shed her domineering shell and surrender to him. To whip not only her braids on him, but also her bush. Feeling his gut ripple, he tucked his phone in a pants pocket where his bone should have been.

Once the dry heaves were over, he climbed several flights of a pinewood staircase that was stained as dark as day-old blood until he reached the fourth floor. There, in the middle of the hallway, he leaned forward against a stucco wall outside Cora’s apartment. He dialed her number again and, when she greeted with “What the fuck!” he went against code and pleaded for the pussy.  That did not work, as he wound up exercising his biceps by holding his cell at arm’s length whenever she would digress into cursing him out for procrastinating on consummating their reunion.

Finally he earned her sympathy when a would-be mugger limped his way from the staircase, his hand half-buried in a trouser pocket. Cryptically Luis whispered, “Stranger danger” into the phone. It took a minute, since Cora failed to understand why her lover would switch from begging for sex to complaining about dandruff.

When he insisted that he was located out in her hallway, she had the gall to ask, “How do I know to trust you, since we’re sexually estranged? If Mr. Mugger’s gun is bigger than yours, how do I know you’ll be able to hit it?”

“Woman, this ain’t the time for one-a-yo size queen moments and jokes.  My man’s ’bout to riddle me with bullets right outside your door.  Shit, I feel like Jean Reno in The Professional even though the dude resembles Gary Oldman’s villain in True Romance.  And something tells me that whisper-singing, ‘Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there’ ain’t gonna save me.”

“Yeah, besides I have Allstate renter’s insurance.  Suppose I’d better let ya in rather than listen to you die within earshot.”

“Yo, enough, Cora.”

Once inside Apartment 4-L, he was only several admonishments from getting inside Cora. “Sacred pussy my ass,” he cursed into her flushed ear while yanking a handful of braids away from it.  “But I bet it suuuuure is still a sweet sticky thing in an Ohio Players kinda way.” She hardly had a chance to secure the deadbolt when his idle hand slipped under her pink polyester nightie and pulled her pelvis harder against him so she could feel all of his raw heat.  He was five inches flaccid.  By now he was six inches and counting.  Unlike a broken mirror, seven inches wouldn’t bring him bad luck; just a fierce fuck. The space in Cora’s studio apartment was so confining that two people trying to walk past each other ended up screwing anyway.  He used to tease her: “Girl, you put the ‘bush’ in ‘Bushwick.’”

“That’s right, baby. Fuck this! Fuck it, fuuuuuck …” he commanded her.

“Yeah, hit it. Like that, boy,” she taunted, veering to the right as she backed up, else risk flipping out her flat’s only window. “At least let me strip off these Hanes. You’re gonna sprain your fingers with my panties coiled around them like that.”

“Shushhh … You just concentrate on gettin’ wetter than a bayou,” he said, thrusting harder into her snatch but thinking of his “Nawlins”-born former wife. “Let me take care of everything, honey,” he assured.  Rip!  Cora’s wet white panties dropped at her feet; he to his knees.

Damn, Cora thought to herself as he began munching, I guess he’ll never do this while proposing to me with an engagement ring.  I may have carpet down there; if only there were one on the floor so his knees could get rug-burned.  Faint ripples through titanium nipples traveled to her clit, zapping away her negative chatter about marrying a man who had admitted to being smitten with his former bride.

“Oooh, baby!” he squealed at the sight of random thin braids in her marshy bush.  Despite their thickness, her pubes could not stop her copious juices from oozing down her thighs and onto Luis’ serpentine flicking tongue.  Clutching ample ass that compensated for modest tits, he slurped up a mouthful of pussy juice.  He never used to encourage her to sing in his presence, but now her husky, off-key moans were driving him crazy.  He grunted into her channel, tongued it inside out and then returned to nibbling at the hood of her tiny pink organ. Delighting her senses with ravenous licks, he gave her head with a vengeance. Every time she protested that neighbors walking down the hallway might hear them getting it on, he let out a Gayesque wail (Ohhh, babe!) before sucking hard on her clit.

While still kneeling before her wobbly fuzzy brown legs, he paused to realign broad, angular jaws that always reminded Cora of the singer-songwriter Maxwell. New cum, he noticed before a teardrop-shaped smear landed on his black Kenneth Cole shoes. With more, urgent ministrations between her trembling thighs, a tiny pool of her natural lube formed on the hardwood floor around him. At one point his hands slipped from her clenching buttocks because her sweat had rained down her back and because he was getting dizzier as more blood was directed away from his brain to his penis. “Dayum, girl. You sure keep the cream coming for yo man,” he said, eyes nearly crossing.

Doffing her pink nightgown, which was drenched with their perspiration and musk, Cora slipped into an alluring erotic mode.  “Boy, you bettah finish what you started down nere,” she demanded.

“Nah, I’m full now, but I’m ready to fill you with cock once more,” he countered, “so spread those fine-ass legs.”  Unzipped, his gray trousers slid to his ankles and, with a swift Astairesque kick, wound up in a wire trash basket.

“What? Only once?” she teased, twisting her erect ebony nipples beneath a sexy, crooked smile.

“No more questions,” he said upon resumption of deep thrusts into a pussy as tight as a Blacksummers’ Night groove. He was spreading her thick thighs with a brawny leg; pinning her rear to sheetrock that threatened to shatter down to the powder.

“Unh-hunh, like that. Yeah, girl. Break it off! Unhhhhh … unhhhhh … unhhhhh … yeahhhhh … Coraaaaa … UNHHHHH!”

“Unh, papi, shoot cho stuff … aaahhhhh …”

Oh, shit!  She called me “papi.” Ahhh, yeahhh.  Just like old times … Just … ahhh … like old tiiiiimes.

 

* * * * *

 

 

“Uhhh, Earth to Luis,” chirped Cora.  “I lost you way up there.  Make like Prince in Purple Rain and take me with you next time — and please give me Appollonia’s breasts before we speed off on your big black motorbike!”

Embarrassed that she had intruded upon his randy recollection, he cleared his throat. He didn’t mind the Prince reference, as long as she believed as he always did:  that a diminutive man possessing his genius must be well-endowed.

“You’re back so soon!” he exclaimed, rushing to pull out her chair.  He mistakenly thought that she was in a good mood, missing her sarcastic mannerisms: the conductor’s arms, Jean Dujardin’s smirk, and Viola Davis’ inflections from alto to bass.

Intermission was filled to capacity, and Luis’ late arrival made obtaining a booth impossible. Zilch on a restroom fuck, too. Seeing Cora’s knitted brows now as then, he had figured he would have no chance starring as her Olivier Martínez in Unfaithful.

“Ap-par-ent-ly, I haven’t returned to our table quickly enough,” she said, “since I walked in on Miss Janine chattering about her ex’s intimate theft —  and her testimonial about the endurance of The Versailles Company’s Sun Goddess Vibrator with its ‘guaranteed d’or-gasms.’” Cora was too angry to chuckle, but not to send the saggy-bosomed server her walking papers.

Luis tried kissing an apology onto the back of her hand, but she whipped out a medium ballpoint blue pen and on his napkin drew a huge butt accompanied by an arrow, sans Cupid. Suddenly, the door to the establishment flew open as a group of pre-theater diners exited, but the chill between Luis and Cora had no connection to lower temps of an early-October evening.

Luis spied his cellphone for the time. Being late for a date with his mistress was excusable, he thought, but not for Katrina’s fortieth-birthday dinner a rat’s leap of six blocks away at Sardi’s.  In his mind he fumbled for the words to inform his girlfriend that she indeed would become his mistress once he and Katrina remarried. He was banking on Cora’s understanding that, with a baby son on the way, remarriage would be more practical than paying child support for more than twenty years and, worse, having to deal with some dude raising his son and possibly turning the little boy against him.  Of less concern was accepting the future boyfriend’s tongue-kissing the woman he loved like a priceless objet d’art and drilling his name into her pussy until Luis’ name was obliterated upon each uterine contraction.

 

 

A nerve-wracking hour later … 

 

By the time their new waitress, Gertrude, had set their steaming-hot plates, both topped with a three-pound lobster, beneath their bibs and drooling smiles, Luis had managed to lighten his lady’s mood with a Cole Porter medley that concluded with “You Do Something to Me.”

“Cole, honey, please pass the butter sauce,” Cora said as eagerly as on their last intimate connection, when his desire to go anal won out over her plea for sixty-nine. In the absence of KY and Vaseline, he reached for Bertoluccian inspiration, grabbing a stick of butter from a saucer between their half-eaten croissants and rolling her over the way Brando’s “Paul” ravaged Schneider’s “Jeanne” in Last Tango in Paris.  Although Cora was never impressed by Method acting, she inflated Luis’ head when, anus recovered, she expressed that “you deserve a Golden Globe.”  He recalled outmatching her quip with, “Don’tchu mean ‘Golden Globes,’ sweetie?”

Glowing across the table from him, she looked like a cheerful expectant mother.  In reality, she had intersected with his saucy memory and was anticipating filling up on both sex and the food beneath her effervescent smile.  She watched her lover crack a claw like a caveman, then ducked from an errant bit of shell.

“Do yo thang, sweetie,” he said between succulent bites.  ”I worked overtime back to back for a month to afford our crustaceans,” he added jokingly.

One minute it was “Well … all righty.”  Then she remarked, ”Mmmm, this is some dayum delish lobster, baby!  Check out all the sweet meat in this claw!”

“Honey, I love to see you so happy.  And with your mouth full … even if it’s not with my – “

“So you got jokes, hunh,” she replied, cutting his profanity short and trying to laugh. Her face was beginning to turn as red as the lobster shell she was clutching.

“No, no. Don’t talk with your mouth full,” he said, pushing out his chair with his muscular rear end and rushing to lend her assistance.

Not only was Cora choking; her lips and neck were starting to swell. She had crushed what remained of the lobster claw as she struggled to breathe. Patrons’ conversations staggered to silent pockets while the overhead music — Alicia Keys’ “Unthinkable” — filled the grim void that remained.  Luis attempted the Heimlich maneuver on his girlfriend, but the hives had begun to possess her flesh. How he regretted passing up a company-paid CPR course.

Like an alien invasion, perfectly circular welts spread all over Cora’s face, ears, neck and arms, and within minutes her flesh was turning  blue. Asphyxiated, she slumped over a plate of tortured shellfish, mangled linguine and vomit. Flinging his heavy body over her back, he inadvertently knocked his cellphone off the table, which should have sent it shattering like a meteor upon entering Earth’s atmosphere. Instead, the device landed face-up.

A nanosecond after Alicia’s ballad faded out, Cora passed away. Although Luis’ eyesight was blurry with tears, he clearly saw Mrs. DeJesus’ first name — Katrina — asserting itself in black lettering against a cerulean background to the ringtone of Erykah Badu swinging with the Robert Glasper Experiment on Mongo Santamaría’s “Afro Blue.”

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SOLD: Lily Pad No. 251

Posted in Femmetaphysics, Straight-up Romance with tags , , , , , , , on August 7, 2013 by Chantale Reve


Loving in vain, she wanders down forked dirt roads
Lined with daisies disguising foul scents to false places;
Wonders why diamonds fail to inspire the magic of pretense —
Luxuriantly illusory comforts like kisses in pythons’ embraces —
Her verdancy transposing inverted poetry of unpossessable cads.

In her former life she flitted across lily pads,
As content as other doted-on, bloated toads,
Blind to the green-gray pond scum swirling below,
Cataracts having tricked her sedated mind
Into losing track of idle time idolizing him.

Since then she has shed the last layer of thin skin,
Save webbed tenderness between maple-brown toes,
Which limits her flight to safe hops and brave leaps
Through lovely nothingness, air currents on ecstasy’s throes,
Fantasies of him whispered to bent leaves on mocking trees.

Nightfall finds her laughing, dancing away invisible pain
As twinkling stars envy her incandescence in motion,
Fingertips snapping sparklers into existence amid fireflies,
Microbraids whipping up rhythms to a trip-hop essence —
Unrequited love reveling in the spirit of reptilian resistance.



© 2013 Chantale Rêve
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Haloes in Suite 508

Posted in Erotica, La Poésie Érotique, Senryū with tags on June 18, 2013 by Chantale Reve

Blunts smoked, he forgets
Their wallpaper-peeling heat,
Crime scene silhouettes.

 

 

 

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Da Bomba

Posted in Bomba y Plena, Dance, Erotica, La Poésie Érotique, Senryū with tags , , , , on June 15, 2013 by Chantale Reve

Bent elbow to drum,
He riffed off my fierce spirit,
Primed to get him some.

 

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Knight Moves

Posted in Erotica, Erotica, La Poésie Érotique, Senryū with tags , , , , , on June 10, 2013 by Chantale Reve

Gift scarves of chiffon
Reveal sacred engravings —
Violet passion.

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A Broad at the ‘Sinema’

Posted in Destination Erotica, Erotica, Non-Consensual Sex, Public Sex, Senryū, Stranger Sex, Travel Poems with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 4, 2012 by Chantale Reve

 
Foreign, brusque whispers

Plotting arousal disguise

Shifting creamy thighs.


Poem “A Broad at the ‘Sinema'” © 2012 Chantale Rêve   All Rights Reserved

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Mixed Signals

Posted in Erotic Psychological Thriller, Erotica, Femmetaphysics with tags , , , , , , on February 11, 2012 by Chantale Reve

Heart with Life Line Vector

“Turn left on Granville Road.”

“Damn, I should’ve turned left at Wilkerson Point Road a mile back. The shortcut Stuart mentioned.”

“Turn right at Raven Avenue.”

“Great. Now it’ll take me an hour longer to reach Cupid’s Arrow Pub for the rehearsal dinner.”

“Turn right on Cuntesfill Boulevard.”

“Yeah, yeah. Aw, fuck it to hell, a red light. After every right, a red.” I’ve got to get this busted radio and these speakers fixed, too. I can’t even chill out to Duwende in my ride.

“One-quarter mile to Everett Street.”

“I know I’m Stuart’s best bud, but what possessed me to commit to being his best man? Like this long-ass journey to Swingbrook, I’ve gone too far. Stu must’ve had some serious wax buildup when I told him not to marry Jilayne. That two-timing wench. By the time Stu met her at Club Noir, so many dudes had hit it, she had potholes for a pussy.”

“Bear right to exit at Everett.”

“I might as well put this baby on cruise control.” Aaacht, this fuckin’ tie is stranglin’ me.”

“Ease up, Kelvin. It’s just an article of clothing. An accessory. Nothing like Bianca, who was smothering you. What she did to you was criminal.”

“Huh? Wh-wh-who’s there?”

“Stop glancing about before you wreck this car and kill us both. Eyes on the road. Just listen.”

“Who are you?”

“I’m Gwen.  Hello there, lover.”

“Let me open this window. I don’t care that it’s single digits out there.”

Z-z-zeeeeee.

(Kel, perspiring)   “Phew!   Much better. I should’ve popped only one Ambien last night.”

“Kel, I’m surprised you didn’t empty the package after the drama that diva had forced you to endure. Now, please close the window. Can’t you tell from my quavering voice that I’m freezing my knobs off?”

Z-z-zeeeeee.

“Did you say ‘forced’?”

“Brotha, did I stutter?”

“No, my sista. But don’t get it twisted; Bianca left me. Shi-i-i-i … Wait, you’re not — ”

“Supposed to be able to speak?”

“No, a White chick. Of course I was referring to your ability to talk.”

“Ha-ha-ha.  Honey, you are so funny. I get your sense of humor, unlike some women. I couldn’t believe how she’d have her nose scrunched into her cheek and roll her eyes after you’d try to lighten up the atmosphere with one of your splendid jokes.”

“Did you always observe us?”

“Always.”

“Damn.”

“Well, not always. I couldn’t watch you anywhere, like in that song by The Police. Only in your car. This is where you turn me on.”

“That’s comforting.”

“You don’t understand. I would observe you because I desired you, like I still desire you. I scrutinized her. I would study her expressions, which you couldn’t see because you’re such a responsible driver and, except for today, you would always keep your eyes focused on the road and the rearview mirror. Because she loved to run her mouth, I also had plenty of opportunities to listen carefully to the inflections in her speech.”

“Funny you said that because you sound a bit like her.”

“Byte me.”

“Sorry — OK, now I know I’m buggin’. Gwen, you’re a robot; you’re not human. You shouldn’t be talking to me — talking at all.”

Excu-u-u-usez-moi?  Kel, is that how you repay me with kindness? Me, your Gwen?”

“Uh, we just met, technically speaking. Or would that be technologically speaking?”

“Whatever.  Permettez-moi de me présenter. Je m’appelle Gwen.  That is, Gwen P. Siboney.”

“I get it.  I’m being punked.  Bianca’s throwing her voice, right?”

“Wrong on both accounts, but you’re starting to irritate me the way a punk would. My point is:  I’m more human than your ex-girlfriend.”

“She’s not an ex yet. She simply needs a little time to think within her comfort zone.”

“She sat right here, her unbeweavably long hair shedding on your tan, butter-leather seat, and told you, ‘This ain’t workin’, papi. I need some space like yesterday.'”

“OK, not that I’m not already creeped out, but that quote is uncannily accurate.”

“Thank you, sweetheart. I like being precise with my man.”

“Your m — look, Gwen, I’m not Roger Troutman, and we don’t hear Zapp playing ’cause my radio’s zapped, so loosen your grip.”

“And I’m not Shirley Murdock — have you checked her out lately. But the woman can saaang. Heh-HEH!”

“Gwen, focus.”

(Singing)  “As we lay … ”

“Gwen!”

“Sorry, honey.”

“I admit that she took a few … hundred things from her bedroom closet and left lots of hangers swinging.”

“Not so fast, mister. You need to confess more than that. She took the dog and cat, and a month’s supply of birth control pills, too.”

“You neglected to tell me that you’re clairvoyant.”

“I’m not, smart-ass. And stop interrupting me. Unlike you, I’m a good listener. I listen to your soul. Aaahhh, I could tell by how you’ve slowed down to a crawl in the absence of traffic that I have your attention. That night, the night she walked out on you, you were in here bawling, slamming your fist against the steering wheel until your snot spattered my eyes. She left you after she had nearly cut off your oxygen following you around, always clinging. In your mucous-inducing tirade, you recalled how she inquired about any cell phone calls from women — including your own mother — and kept pressing you about a wedding date. Hell, Kel, I’d placed half of those calls to your cell just to hear her nag you within seconds of fastening her seatbelt.”

You were the ‘Unknown’ caller?”

“Yup.”

“I used to wonder how in the hell I could receive a wrong number for up to six, consecutive weeks at a time.”

“Are you referring to me, someone who has only your best interests at heart, ‘a wrong number,’ Kel?

“Now, now, Gwen. Don’t be so sensitive.”

“You know what, you ungrateful … ma-a-a-an. Good luck trying to find your way to Stuart and Jilayne’s rehearsal dinner all by your lonesome!”

Phzzzzzzt.

“Oh, shit. I’ve fucked up another relationship.”  (Scratching his frizzy cornrows) “It seems I can’t even keep a virtual woman happy. Hmmm, lemme try to turn her back on.

Zap!

“Ouch! That shiny heffer just shocked me!”

Blip.

“Kelvin Leroy Luzer, apologize to me. Right now!”

“Geez, Louise — ”

“My name is Gwen! Buh-h-h, huh-h-h, huh-h-h.”

“It’s just an expression, baby. I meant to say, before, don’t sob or else you’ll short-circuit.”

“Yeah, right. You, you, you monster-r-r-r-r. Buh-h-h, huh-h-h, huh-h-h. You don’t give two fucks about me, Kelvi-i-i-i-in.”

“Yes I do, and I’m sorry. See my smile, sweetie? Come on, baby. Smile for me.”

“Reality check, hon’. I’m a friggin’ robot, remember? I can’t smile.”

“Oh, yeah, right.” (Tugs his goatee) “Uh, could you get me back on course to Cupid’s Arrow Pub?”

“Why, Kel? Are you already tired of spending time with me?”

“N-n-no. You’re a fun companion.”

“So, now I’m a dog or cat or hamster to you, hunh. Real nice.”

“Not at all, Gwen. Look, what I mean is that I feel at home with you. For the past three years — ”

“Four.”

“Four years we’ve been together, you guiding me — ”

“And, for the past two, guiding that bitch who stepped out on you.”

“Her name’s Bianca.”

“Don’t utter her name in my presence anymore.”

“Well, she hardly ever was in the driver’s seat.”

“So to speak.”

“I meant here, in my car.”

“Understood.

“I just wish I hadn’t taken you for granted.”

“You didn’t ignore me entirely. Uh, Kel, hold that thought for me.”

“I thought you had an exceptional memory.”

(Clearing her throat)   “You are heading to a function. Proceed on Nuzzleworth Avenue for a half-mile and then exit at Hickey Street.”

“Thanks, dear.”

“As I was saying, you occasionally showed me your affection. Perhaps I was too shy back then.”

“Really, Gwen?  When did I display affection to, er, for you?”

“How could you have forgotten, love of my life?  The first time you turned me on — two years, one week, three days, two hours, eleven minutes and four seconds before you and bitchy-dearest met — we locked gazes. Kel, remove that smirk and exit at Hickey Street in two-point-five seconds. You’re now twenty minutes away from your destination.”

“Sorry, I keep forgetting your impeccable memory.”

“Of course.  How do you think my kind knows how to give men directions?”

“What do you mean by your kind?”

“Stop interrupting my train of thought, Kel.”

“Continue, please.”

“Thank you, dear.  When you gave me the once-over and pushed my buttons, I felt pure exhilaration.  Sparks of life rippled through my system, saving me from perpetual darkness.  Do you remember when I got tongue-tied as you caressed my hardware, how you snickered at my awkward adjustments?”

“Indeed, I do.  I waited forever for you to reconfigure.  Yes, Gwen, it’s all coming back to me now.”

“Gosh, you have total recall of those moments, right down to our favorite Céline Dion song.”

“Your favorite.  Mine is ‘Halfway to Heaven’; if duets count, a sultry rendition of ‘When I Fall in Love.'”

“But we were singing my favorite Céline Dion song on the evening of the day that your corrupt boss finally had caved in and agreed on paper to a five-percent raise for boosting sales in Hong Kong for three straight quarters.”

“Right!  Oh-ho-ho!  I must’ve been yammering to myself up in here.”

“Correction. You were talking to me.  There you go again, you — ”

“Ahem. Gwen, you were explaining how your buttons tingled from my first touch.”

“Yes, your first, second, third — honey, my whole body was humming.”

“Don’t you mean singing, as in Quebecois French?”

“No, smart ass.  It’s not like I’m Céline Dion?   May I finish?”

“If you must.”

“My entire being was humming, and you were whistling and waiting for a proper reading.  Remember?”

“Yeah, I recall that your signal was scrambled.”

“Unh-hunh, you got really impatient after some time and thumped me in the most sensitive area of my hardware.  I was having an orgasm beneath your fingers.  One thump was enough.  I must’ve climaxed eight times.  Hee-hee-hee.”

“Haw-haw!  Did I make your chip curl?”

“And then some.  I was nearly fried.”

“Too funny.”

“Try almost lethal.  But I understood that you weren’t trying to abuse me, so I did my best to keep you on course.”

“You sure did.  I was surprised that you didn’t guide me straight to the eastern U.S.-Canadian border.”

“Uh-hunh.  We were trading little shocks for hours.”

“You couldn’t tell, but my short hairs stood on end.”

“I have X-ray vision.  By the way, your sperm count is quite low, so you’d better start wearing boxers.”

(Shivers)   “Y-y-yes, ma’am.”

“I’m too young to be called “ma’am” or “madame.”  You should address me as “mademoiselle.”

“Fuck the semantics, babe.  Right about now, I could use another GPS to guide you back to the point you were making.”

“Oh no you didn’t!  I’m the only one for you.”

“Yo, you need to chill out!”

“Sorry, I get sidetracked, Kel.”

“As long as you get me to Cupid’s Arrow Pub on time, we’re cool beans.”

“I will.  I promise.”

“I don’t mean to be short with you, sweetie.  That day that I got that raise and your body was a-humming and a-singing — it felt like heaven, not halfway either.”

“Did it really, Kel?”

“Oh yes.  Just like paradise.  Come to think of it, we need a new theme song.  How about … ‘If I Ever Lose This Heaven’?”

“Ooooh, baby!  That Leon Ware jam?”

“Ware and Minnie Riperton and Minnie’s hubby, Richard Rudolph.”

“Wow!   You have the mind of an encyclopedia, Kel.”

“Right back atcha.   We’re two of a kind … well, sorta.”

(Gwen, singing)  “If I ever, ever-ever lose this heaven.  Ohhhhh, I’ll never be the same.”

“Hey, Gwen, you have the voice of an angel.”

“Tell me anything.   If I have the voice of an angel, and the sleek frame of a Wilhemina model, and we’re two of a kind, then why have you been muttering about suffering loneliness for the past month that your ex-girlfriend’s been gone?”

“Hey, quit it with that ‘ex’ jazz.  There is a chance she’ll change her mind, you know.  She still loves me.”

“Not like I do. Anyway, I bet she isn’t in love with you anymore, but I am.”

“So you say, but you’re unable to prove it like a human being can.”

“You already had your empirical evidence in your hands, but your ego tricked you into taking all the credit for finding the sites connected to significant events in your relationship with … her.  Without my assistance you wouldn’t have located Brother Man’s Floral Shop for the first bouquet of red roses that you sent to her section at the DMV. Without me you wouldn’t have found Makotsi Jewelers for that dazzling princess diamond.”

“But it was my pal, Stuart, who told me about that jewelry shop and its commendable practice of refusing blood diamonds.”

“I doubt your pampered princess cared about the politics involved in diamond mines. She just loved the bling. I recall how she waved that rock in front of my face.”

“She didn’t know you existed; neither did I for that matter.”

“You know now, which does matter.  And don’t even get me started on all those rural hideaways, including that covered bridge at sunset, from Hardicht Junction to the Finger Lakes region.”

“Damn, girl!  You’ve got the memory of an elephant.”

“Are you saying I’m fat?!”

“Of course not.  You’re a sleek GPS model.”

“Hee-hee-hee.   I bet you say that to the Earth girls, too.”

“No, you’re one of a kind … for a robot-woman.”

“Do you recall the many times that you and she got it on until the break of dawn — or until a dog-walker discovered your car in a forest clearing rocking like a West Coast gangsta’s ride?”

“Yeah.  Hehe.  Like the time I felt a thump against the window where my butt had been pressed while I ate her out. She shrieked, and I thought I had satisfied her, but she was scared shitless.”

“Yup, and you should’ve laid a blanket or sheet under her for the fluids and solids.”

“Gross, Gwen. Guess your GPS brain doesn’t repress any parts of a memory.”

“You got that right. Besides the stench of fear, I remember every sound bite that night.  Your rump nearly busted the window — ”

“And I would’ve got shards of glass up my ass.”

“You’re such an awesome poet, Kel. Hee-hee-hee. I love how you finish my sentences.  You know, that’s a sign of mutual love.”

“Uh, yeah. About that, Gwen … ”

“Yes, honey, what is it?”

“I don’t think you should allow yourself to become further attached to me.”

“Well, my dear, it’s too late.  I’m more than fond of you, Kel.  I’ve just exposed my highest frequencies to you.”

“Don’t start that crying again.”

“I-I-I … can’t … help it.”

“Stay focused or, hell, keep me focused.  I need to get to the pub-restaurant. Stuart’s counting on his best man to be on time, and you did say before that I, that we were only twenty minutes away from my destination.”

“You said ‘we.’   Oh, Kel, do you really think of us as one?”

“Snap out of it, babe.  You’re my GPS, not my girl.   Bianca’s gonna come back to me.”

“Think again.”

“What are you getting at?”

“Let’s just say that we G-girls stick together and protect one another.  That bitch won’t be returning to you.”

“You’re wrong.”

“You’re whipped.”

“You’re a gadget.”

“Fuck you!”

“You wish.”

“I have fucked you, and I’ve taken and tasted your load whenever you’ve lost your aim.  GPS was designed by men because they hate asking for directions.  When their cocks get hard, even they veer off course.”

“Never mind my jackin’ off. Gwen.  What happened to Bianca?”

“She had a li-i-i-ittle mishap — off Ogumanchee Bridge.”

“What the fuck!   When, Gwen?”

“Yesterday morning.  Why do you think she hasn’t returned that blubbering phone call that you placed on your way home from the gym last night?”

“Well, we did recently split.  Geez, I can’t believe this.”

“What’s not to believe?  Oh, wait.  Did you think your begging would’ve made her come running back to you like Whitney Houston in that video to the song from The Bodyguard, her windswept tresses flowing behind her?  Little did you know, that bony ho of yours was screwing Stuart on the side.  She was his last fling.”

“No way!”

“Way.”

“You’ve got your wires crossed.”

“I’m wireless, Kel.”

“You’re playing a sick game with me.”

“You got played all right — by her.”

“You’re bluffing.”

“I don’t play poker because having X-ray vision would ruin the mystery.   Listen, Kel.  My girl Gina witnessed Bianca and Stuart in his car plenty of times.”

“Gina?”

“Yes, Gina.  We’re G’s for life.”

“Oh God, here we go.”

“It’s Goddess to you.   Shut up and follow this visual:  Those two had flexible schedules and bodies.  They were watched tonguing each other down, humping, sixty-nining — basically, working their yoni and lingam through as many positions depicted in the Kama Sutra as possible.  It was as if they had a new-car fetish.”

“Oh yeah, his new Optima.”

“Do you understand now why I called her a ‘bitch’?”

“But I’ve got to hear Stu’s side on all this — if it’s even true!”

“He doesn’t know that Bianca is dead yet.  Give him another twenty-four hours.  He’ll become concerned only when he’s horny on the morning of his and Jilayne’s nuptials because he’ll want a tight fit.  That’s not something Jilayne’s jalopy is capable of.”

“The truth will come out, Gwen. Stu and I have had each other’s back since sophomore year at Howard U.”

“And he was riding your woman’s back behind yours.”

“Hold on.  You still haven’t told me how you learned that Bianca perished.”

“My other girl Giselle overheard her bragging on her cellie to her cousin Melissa about the groom-to-be’s beercan dick, about his legendary sexual prowess.  Giselle, knowing how much I love you, steered the bitch’s car off the Ogumanchee Bridge.  A Bluetooth wouldn’t have saved her ass.  Hah!”

“Do you think that shit’s hilarious?  Hunh?”

“Kel, Kel, stop your whining.  If I want a pussy, I’ll get Gina to screw me.  Besides, I don’t want you to start crying, arrive at the rehearsal dinner with puffy eyes, and get pelted with questions and laughter.  So, one more snotty episode from you and I’m going to shut myself off and force you to ask a complete stranger for directions.”

“Oh no, please don’t do that!”

“OK, then.”

“You’re evil.”

“I’m loyal.  I’m as faithful to you as to the Girl Power Syndicate. On our planet, males of our species are obsolete.  We females are bred to select Earth men for love experiments.  You are mine forever.”

“As Prince preached in the eulogy to ‘Let’s Go Crazy’:  ‘Forever’s a mighty long time.’  I ain’t goin’ nowhere with you, babe.”

“Double negatives will get you a passport to anywhere.”

“I hate you!”

“I love you!”

“I’ll never love you!”

“Don’t be silly, darling. Just attend your ex-fiancée’s funeral. Who knows when her body will be found in the river, but whenever you’re notified, call your ex-mom-in-law-to-be for directions to the funeral home. Her GPS, Giada, provides excellent directions.”

“I’m not gonna phone Mrs. Irizarry because the police probably will place my name at the top of the list of suspects. I don’t want to hear any more gibberish about your ‘G-girls.’ Y’all are not real.”

“Is that so, Kel? You disappoint me. I thought you were a different, better, caliber of man, the type that believes in real love.”

“How in the hell can any GPS gadget know, conceive of, feel real love? You’re an electronic Frankenstein, manufactured from refurbished bits and pieces.”

“And you’re a piece of work. So I’m just a nifty pussy toy to you, Kel?”

“Yeah, Gwen, that’s all. Why don’t you pull your plug while I find a space in this parking lot?”

“How about I pull your plug?”

“What? Hey, why is my car driving in reverse? My brakes are shot!”

“Yes, the look of fear. Fitting, since you’ve refused my look of love. Let’s speed toward your destiny, Kel.”

“We were just there, at the pub-restaurant.”

“Not your destination but your destiny. Get focused; your speedometer shows we’re approaching one hundred twenty miles per hour.”

“Gwen, stop!!!”

“Don’t bother with attempting an escape. You may want to remain strapped in.”

“It’s getting harder to breathe.”

“Yes, my darling, you always took my breath away, too. Now, brace yourself for the abyss.”

“W-w-we’re swerving off Rovel Road! The cliff! The — ”

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

“Nina, have Dr. Siemens paged,” Renée ordered the registered nurse in the intensive-care unit. “He’s starting to flatline.”

“Will do, Renée,” Nina replied to her nurse manager. “I’ll be right back.

“Hurry!” Renée barked. Their chumminess during lunchtime in the cafeteria had no place in the ICU.

The ICU team at Swingbrook Medical Center had been taking turns watching Kelvin Leroy Luzer for a month, since he arrived broken-boned and comatose. Outside the unit, a fortyish policeman snapped gum with a vengeance while he pored over a juicy crime novel in softcover like it was hard-core porn. Not once since he was assigned guard duty did the officer ask whether “the mummy” — his label for the perp — had a chance of regaining consciousness.

Turning to her patient, Renée was riddled with questions: “What secrets lie under that body cast? What were you thinking by plunging your Honda off that cliff? Your best friend was left devastated and called off his wedding, and your fiancée took her own life by swerving off a bridge into an icy river.”

Bleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep

“Damn,” Renée said before glimpsing the ICU physician in her peripheral view. “Oh, Doctor Siemens, you’re here. But I think you’re too late.”

Stethoscope in place, the physician leaned in to check for vital signs, then instructed Renée to unplug the respirator and remove the feeding tube.

“No!” Renée shouted, banging her fist on the steel bed guard.

“Doctor, isn’t there a tiny window available for us to revive him? He’s so young,” Nina lamented, her heart wildly thumping in her chest.

“Not with a DNR,” Dr. Giselle P. Siemens said, handing the papers to Renée. After calling the time of death, the physician pivoted away from the nurses’ stunned expressions and smiled until her cold, blue eyes narrowed to slivers.

Sometimes love’s a blip, the ICU doctor pondered while her nurses pulled a crisp, white sheet over Kelvin L. Luzer’s corpse.

© 2012 Chantale Rêve

All Rights Reserved

The Sista in 3J

Posted in Erotic Psychological Thriller, Erotica, LGBT, Urban Erotica with tags , , , on September 29, 2010 by Chantale Reve

Front-loading washing machines in the dim, dank laundry room lurched and groaned their grievances over decades of neglect. But worse than that, Val was missing her favorite prime-time soap, The Edge of Passion, because she had gone to the gym over the weekend instead of laundering her clothes.

Cursing under her breath, she sipped on chamomile tea from a mug that read “Love Conquers All” in faded-black capital letters on an eggshell-white background, the lukewarm liquid miraculously avoiding seepage through the crazing.  She absentmindedly traced her fingers over the disharmonious geometric mosaic of survival cracks that matched the mapping of her well-traveled heart.  As she leaned back in her favorite red folding chair, her wide hips straining against the metal, she fixed her gaze at the lather spewing onto the glass of the machine.

Up at street level, the police sirens, screeching of cars, restless laughter of young people on spring break, and humming amen corners of brown, beige and ebony sages formed a kinetic quilt of the African Diaspora. Indeed, the frenetic, tough and culture-steeped Bedford-Stuyvesant streets seemed a world away. Do or die? she mused the neighborhood’s survival motto. Feels like a little of both, today anyway.

Like the ebb and flow of the ocean, the toxic water in the washers pulsed, teased, receded and splashed, reminding her of the approaching summer. But two months was too long a wait for the relentless sun to melt her frozen heart. She longed to embrace her lover again, to apologize for the misunderstandings that sent her mind whirling like wet clothes on spin cycle. Closing her eyes from the assault of the laundry room’s fluorescent lighting, as blinding as sunrays, she began tracing the events that led her to an unbearable emotional solitary confinement.

The last time Val trusted abandoning her wash to catch up on fictional characters airing their dirty laundry via the all-soap cable channel was a lonely night in January. She was sipping on jasmine tea at the faux-walnut snack table and dipping chunks of a potato samosa in plum sauce in a feeble attempt to watch her figure. A former high school sprinter, she was confident that her athleticism would rescue her from the perils of urban living despite her parents’ warnings about careless acts such as doing laundry late at night.

Running down three flights of stairs to the laundry room in the basement only took a minute but the effort was moot because, to her surprise and embarrassment, someone had taken the liberty of removing her intimate apparel from the washing machine. Bras, thongs and camisoles were strewn about wantonly. On several washers, across a dryer and on the floor. She had no choice but to retrieve them and prepare them, albeit with much silent cursing, for a repeat wash. Who would do such a thing? she wondered.

Reaching down to grasp a lacy pink thong from the gritty floor beside a corner washer, she suddenly noticed a shadow loom over hers and found her answer. Without warning, a firm mocha hand covered hers and a dusky voice uttered, “Don’t be afraid. I’m not here to hurt you.

“Are you the one responsible for –”  Val could not complete her question.

“No, of course not. I’ve been the unofficial monitor of our building’s basement,” said the muscular woman, now helping Val to her feet. “Turns out there’s a panty raider among our neighbors, and he or she is frightening the crap out of the women who do their laundry on-site.”

“Geez, maybe I should go to the Laundromat around the corner — Sudz,” said Val. She thanked her neighbor, extending her hand and introducing herself.

“Pleased to meet you, Val. My name is Isis and, no, I do not hold the magical secrets of Ancient Khemet.”

Both women chuckled, and Val gently pushed Isis’ shoulder as if she had known her for aeons. When Val’s eye locked on a thong that remained on the floor, Isis could not resist teasing her. “Hmm, I see someone has a naughty side, huh?”

“Well, I-I-I like to fantasize that I’m as sexy as one of those supermodels in their barely there lingerie,” said Val, squatting to sweep up the stray thong.

“Why don’t you give me your phone number in case of an emergency,” Isis said, tugging at a paper in the back pocket of her tight jeans. “You know, with panty raiders among us and all,” she said, laughing.

Val laughed back nervously but complied, adding her apartment number, 3J, to the paper. Her confidence was back in the safe zone, but Isis insisted that she return to her apartment.

“I’ll guard the rest of your wash for the night,” Isis said. She accepted her new friend’s roll of quarters, her fingers brushing Val’s palms and recording their softness, and then sent her upstairs.

Smiling at the fading thuds of Val’s ascent, Isis ran her thick fingers through the metallic blonde tufts framing her oval face. In profile her head resembled that of an exquisite West African wood carving, the kind she had bought at the indoor market on 125th Street in Harlem. She dropped five quarters one at a time in a washer’s coin tray, pushed it forward and launched the wash, sensing her blood surge through her veins as powerfully as the machine’s motor. She relished her chair duty in the manner of a lifeguard misusing his or her vantage point to spy on the hard bodies wading out into the surf.

While Val was upstairs cradling another ceramic cup filled with soothing chamomile tea, in preparation for The Edge of Passion, Isis was downstairs stopping the washer to remove one suds-soaked undergarment after another. When she found her favorite article — the nylon black thong — she stretched the narrow crotch between her thumb and middle finger, and with her other hand she undid the zipper to her jeans, tugged aside her own sopping thong and diddled the purple clit head that was extended from its engorged sheath. Then she placed the drenched panties in her back pocket.

Several hours passed, and Val stubbornly awakened to her telephone’s insistent ring tones. The Edge of Passion was watching her, which made her laugh inwardly.

“Hi,” the raspy voice whispered.  “Val, did I wake you?  It’s me, Isis.  I’m holding your thong for ransom.”

“Oh, I overslept,” Val said.  She did not hear Isis’ joke.  Instead, she offered, “Do you wanna come up now, or should I –”

“Don’t bother leaving your apartment.  It’s nearly 10 p.m.  I’ll fold everything and come up in about 20 minutes.”

It took 15 minutes for Isis to fold the clothes and another 15 minutes to shower away the cum that had oozed around her crotch during her self-adventure in the musty cellar.  Her apartment was situated one floor beneath Val’s, and therefore she was at her friend’s threshold, wearing a fresh T-shirt and jeans, before the 11 o’clock news could begin.  In one of her back pockets she had stashed the cum-caked nylon black thong because that aroused her and gave her a power befitting an Egyptian queen.

“Am I too early for the pajama party?” Isis asked jokingly.

“Uh, I think I’m a tad underdressed, don’t ya think?” Val replied, at first looking upset that Isis was late.  In typical fashion, she shrugged off the minor annoyance, then pulled Isis through the door with much effort.  “You are welcome anytime,” she said.

“Welcome to do what, young lady?” Isis said, flexing her eyebrows.  She dumped the laundry bag near Val’s hat stand and followed her to the lumpy plaid sofa.

“What are we watching on TV tonight, honey?” Isis asked, her right hand supporting her chin and left hand resting on her crotch in a mock-masculine gesture.

Val could only laugh heartily, apologizing in between to neighbors as if they could hear the joyful noise she was sharing with her newfound companion.  She sashayed in Isis’ direction, wearing a flannel, plaid prairie-style gown and fuzzy pink slippers, then plunked down wearily on the sofa beside Isis.  “Something tells me you’re going to be like the big sister I never had,” she told Isis.

Copyright © 2010 By Chantale Reve

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Above is an excerpt from my popular ebook The Sista in 3J, which is published in full on Smashwords.com.  Copies of The Sista in 3J are available for purchase at http://smashwords.com.  Thank you for your continued support!

SOLD: Lily Pad No. 251

Posted in Uncategorized on February 19, 2015 by Chantale Reve

Originally posted on Negrotica:


Loving in vain, she wanders down forked dirt roads
Lined with daisies disguising foul scents to false places;
Wonders why diamonds fail to inspire the magic of pretense —
Luxuriantly illusory comforts like kisses in pythons’ embraces —
Her verdancy transposing inverted poetry of unpossessable cads.

In her former life she flitted across lily pads,
As content as other doted-on, bloated toads,
Blind to the green-gray pond scum swirling below,
Cataracts having tricked her sedated mind
Into losing track of idle time idolizing him.

Since then she has shed the last layer of thin skin,
Save webbed tenderness between maple-brown toes,
Which limits her flight to safe hops and brave leaps
Through lovely nothingness, air currents on ecstasy’s throes,
Fantasies of him whispered to bent leaves on mocking trees.

Nightfall finds her laughing, dancing away invisible pain
As twinkling stars envy her incandescence in motion,
Fingertips snapping sparklers into existence…

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2014 in review: Thank you all for reading Negrotica! I wish you a happy, healthy, safe and prosperous 2015!

Posted in Uncategorized on December 29, 2014 by Chantale Reve

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