Open Bar

The baby dykes on the dance floor
wanna know
How long have you two been together?

Just met today, I tell them
but they can't hear over the thrum
of music, bodies, lust

Three hours, I yell
Cast a glance at my date
We share a middle-aged smirk

But there is approval
in their mock-matron eyes
They lean in to say:

We're having a big gay marriage!
With an open bar!
A roast beef dinner!

Been there, done that
my date mutters in my ear
Me too, I whisper

I close my eyes
Ours was a commitment ceremony
She and I weren't legal back then

I wore my mothers bridal gaghra choli
My aunties gave blessings with
tin-foiled coconuts circling my head

I open my eyes to see
my handsome butch date
watching me. You OK?

I nod, pull her in closer
Her hand reaches up my skirt
I suck salt off her neck

Later, she drives me to her place
I stay two hours
before kissing her goodbye

Farzana Doctor

Farzana Doctor's first novel, Stealing Nasreen, received critical acclaim upon its release in 2007. Her second book, Six Metres of Pavement, was named one of Now Magazines Top Ten Books of 2011. It also won the Lambda Literary (2012) and was short-listed for the Toronto Book Award (2012). Farzana was named as one of CBC Books "Ten Canadian Women Writers You Need to Read Now" and was the recipient of the Writers' Trust of Canada's Dayne Ogilvie Grant (2011). Her third novel, All Inclusive, will be released October 2015. Read more on her website.