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
forward 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.