O'Brien County's Bell-Times-Courier -

American Life In Poetry


December 12, 2019

Here's a poem about something that each of us receives, though only once. If you didn't get yours written into a poem, you've got it put away somewhere. Wyatt Townley lives in Kansas, and "First Kiss" is from her new book, Rewriting the Body, from Stephen F. Austin State University Press.

First Kiss

Here you are forty years

later in a white coat

examining my ears.

All I can think

is how your tongue once

turned in the tunnel

you're peering into. The

fault is not in my ears,

but between them!

No one can see that far.

But could we gaze back

through the years and dead stars

to the do...

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