First Love

Windrow cottonwoods
at the yard’s edge shimmer and
sigh, the grass beneath

them hard to lie on.
Lying there looking up I’m
undergrounded, shade-

and-hot-wind day-dreamed.
Grass sticks to my bare back; I
still itch those traces

marking my first love,
still hear the crickets rise-and-
fall song through it all.
.

Author: Tom D'Evelyn

Tom D'Evelyn is a private editor and writing tutor in Portland OR and, thanks to the web, across the US and in the UK. His blogs include poemswithoutborders.com He can be reached at tom.develyn@comcast.net. D'Evelyn has a PhD in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley. Before retiring he held positions at The Christian Science Monitor, Harvard University Press, Boston University and Brown University. He ran a literary agency for ten years, publishing books by Leonard Nathan and Arthur Quinn, among others. Before moving to Portland OR he was managing editor at Single Island Press, Portsmouth NH. He blogs at http://tdevelyn.com and other sites.

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