First Love This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.


Not so long ago, in a place not so far away
I left my first lovein Clearwater beach
I remember upreaching condos, fading into Dad'srearview
Into night sky neon lights gently left me, too

She swallowedbodies,
then crashed onto the shore
Reminded me of
The beating of adrum
Or thunder in a storm

Brightly shining was the sun
Salty airjumped on my tongue
I felt my fair skin tingling;
heard Caribbeaninstruments jingling

But still she was sounding
In my ears her roar waspounding

The scent of shrimp and salmon
From Sal's SeafoodStand
Swiftly slipped into my senses
I heard Dad's reprimand
Too far forhim to spank
But too near to get away
I walked back to where he lay
Andmy ears heard him say

Something, although nothing
For I listened onlyto her
Whether she got louder
Or I simply listened harder

To thisday I don't know
But I still can see
The bubbling salt and sandmixing
As she chased my feet

Softly, slowly, the sound faded
Andjust the same, my heart became jaded

She will stay in my mind
All mylife
The memory of
My first love





This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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