First Love

Do you remember the days we ran together

those days bruised knees strong legs

those days kissing behind your cabin

hearts pounding love engorged?

Your lips cherry strawberry and holly

I pale boy waited outside mouse quiet

you run slipping on maple wings

embracing you say forever love.

Forever what’s that?

We parted in sadness and hope,

reality caught our souls

in the wars our father fought.

Ignorance blew our minds,

a mottled ocean separated us

bullets flew through the green thickets,

my first birth a baptism of fire.