(souvenir) FIRST KISS by Tina Cane

                    was a sunlit swig

of open mouth taste of apricot rain and tongue in the back-

yard at the house in Carthage     a boy in red pants and silvertone chain

from his navel came tumble-dried flames licking his chest of crossbones

plus:     a skull     a bong     a hard-on     for someone else

but Maeve just over the fence with chocolate hair

afternoon tunneling from there
Tina Cane was born and raised in New York City. She is a poet, teacher, and founder/director of Writers-in-the-Schools, RI. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, including Barrow Street, Hanging Loose, The Literary Review, and Spinning Jenny. She lives outside of Providence with her husband and their three children.