“First Girl Kiss” by Robin Sams

June 26, 2015

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The school bell had rung,
and we fled to the bus line-up.
I searched you out
your short, bleached-blonde hair shining,
my own personal sun,
my self-proclaimed freak,
wrapped my arms around you
for good-bye
the quiet swish of the breeze
through the tall maple trees
the loud chaos of friends and foes
scrabbling across the sidewalk
onto idling cheesewagons
the vice-principal staring,
as you would later tell,
he stepped forward
like a cold snap I didn’t see coming
then, right then
I kissed your cheek
smoother than the concrete
of your rebellious heart
let go
smiling wider than the clear, blue sky,
and we climbed onto our separate buses
to our separate houses
a hill and a curve away,
and I glowing.


robinsamsRobin A. Sams is a writer living on Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada. She has a B.A. in English with a concentration in creative writing and in Classical Philology from Hollins University. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including Island Writer magazine and the anthology Women. Period. In 2014, she published her first full-length book of poetry, Sore: fantasies and inhibitions. To read more of her work, visit her blog at http://robinasams.wordpress.com.

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