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← "First Kiss" by Tim Seibles

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Poem by Tim Seibles, directed by Hannah Jacobs.

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Showing Revision 2 created 03/28/2019 by lauren mcalpine .

  1. First Kiss
  2. Her mouth
  3. fell into my mouth
  4. like a summer snow, like a
    5th season, like a fresh Eden,
  5. like Eden when Eve made God
  6. whimper with the liquid
    tilt of her hips—
  7. her kiss hurt like that—
  8. I mean, it was as if she’d mixed
    the sweat of an angel
  9. with the taste of a tangerine,
  10. I swear. My mouth
    had been a helmet forever
  11. greased with secrets, my mouth
  12. a dead-end street a little bit
    lit by teeth—my heart, a clam
  13. slammed shut at the bottom of a dark,
  14. but her mouth pulled up
    like a baby-blue Cadillac
  15. packed with canaries driven
    by a toucan—I swear
  16. those lips said bright
    wings when we kissed, wild
  17. and precise—as if she were
    teaching a seahorse to speak—
  18. her mouth so careful, chumming
    the first vowel from my throat
  19. until my brain was a piano
    banged loud, hammered like that—
  20. it was like, I swear her tongue
    was Saturn’s 7th moon—
  21. hot like that, hot
    and cold and circling,
  22. circling, turning me
    into a glad planet—
  23. sun on one side, night pouring
  24. her slow hand over the other: one fire
    flying the kite of another.
  25. Her kiss, I swear—if the Great
    Mother rushed open the moon
  26. like a gift and you were there
    to feel your shadow finally
  27. unhooked from your wrist.
  28. That’d be it, but even sweeter—
  29. like a riot of peg-legged priests
    on pogo-sticks, up and up,
  30. this way and this, not
    falling but on and on
  31. like that, badly behaved
  32. but holy—I swear! That
    kiss: both lips utterly committed
  33. to the world like a Peace Corps,
  34. like a free store, forever and always
  35. a new city—no locks, no walls, just
    doors—like that, I swear,
  36. like that.