Saturday, January 31, 2015

14 WORDS - First Love

14 WORDS for LOVE - 2015: First Love


Above is my 5th entry for "14 WORDS for LOVE - 2015".

(And below is a longer version of the same poem/event:) 

Gumball Machine - photo credits below.   //   3rd grade school photo - c.1965

First Love


He'd sneak up behind me

on the playground,

steal my stocking cap

and bestow a kiss. 

He gifted me a golden ring

from a gumball machine

and a purloined pen

he'd swiped from his sister. 


Later, he broke my heart

conflating my name

with another's. 


After half a century,

in an old photo

I fail to recognize his face.

He's a stranger to me now,

yet, I still recall his name.


  Gumball Machines - Photo Credit:

By Unclefester (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

 And here's a link to Jodi Barnes' "14 WORDS for LOVE" BLOG:




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