Excerpt from Between The Spine by Adrian Cepeda


Salty Caramel

Always, better than sex
she says, lost in reflection,
gazing at headless mannequins
dressed vintage in antique
dresses so loose
and unrevealing –
licking lips, behind her
head scarf
bellowing, she quietly
unveils, this used to be
an ice cream
shop. Closing eyes,
how the deliciously tattooed
with silvery piercings
would expertly scoop colors,
so many different flavors
to choose from. She loved

watching them cone, cup
and shake, no matter
what day, she recalls
each one ball capped,
tight white muscle tee
stained salty caramel,
shimmering a sundae
sensation. Wanting one
more imaginary lick,
she opens her lids, realizing
los hombres calientes
have gone and melted
into one savorless color.
Trying to reach back,
wishing she could taste
one more spoonful,
just the thought of one
last ice cream kiss, excites
her, melting her lips,
longing for this one
topping, always better
than sex, she mouths,
wide open, ready
to relive the ecstasy,
she imagines devouring
this imaginary cone,
only she can taste this
shivering excited, she
still is craving to savor
the scent of this salty
caramel flavor,
by swallowing his –
sprinkles alone.

Adrian Ernesto Cepeda

Adrian Ernesto Cepeda is the author of the full-length poetry collection Flashes & Verses… Becoming Attractions from Unsolicited Press, and the poetry chapbook So Many Flowers, So Little Time from Red Mare Press. Between the Spine is a collection of erotic love poems published with Picture Show Press and La Belle Ajar, a collection of cento poems inspired by Sylvia Plath's 1963 novel, to be published in 2020 by CLASH Books.

His poetry has been featured in Cultural Weekly, Frontier Poetry, Yes, Poetry, 24Hr Neon Magazine, Red Wolf Editions, poeticdiversity, The Wild Word, The Fem, Pussy Magic Press, Tiferet Journal, Rigorous, Palette Poetry, Rogue Agent Journal, Tin Lunchbox Review, Rhythm & Bones Lit, Anti-Heroin Chic, Neon Mariposa Magazine, The Yellow Chair Review and Lunch Ticket’s Special Issue: Celebrating 20 Years of Antioch University Los Angeles MFA in Creative Writing.

Adrian is an LA Poet who has a BA from the University of Texas at San Antonio and he is also a graduate of the MFA program at Antioch University in Los Angeles where he lives with his wife and their cat Woody Gold

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