Thursday, February 14, 2013

Posted by Laurel Garver on Thursday, February 14, 2013 29 comments


Just in time for today's "Indie Kissing" blogfest, Every Day Poets published my poem about my first kiss.

NORTH AND SOUTH

That splish-splash summer night you chose me
with a touch of your toe and slow smile....
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If you're so inclined, please rate it and like it. The editors include the highest rated pieces in an annual anthology. 

I never did see that sweet guy again. His name was Russell Mc-Something-I-can't-remember. We exchanged a few letters, which was the death of that relationship. At 14, I was only going to invest in a long-distance relationship with a guy who was eloquent (he wasn't. Not even a little). :-D

Was your first kiss a wonderful memory or a not-so-great one?


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29 comments:

  1. Lovely poem. My fave line--A deep dive and you bubbled under me. :) Happy <3 day Laurel!

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    1. Thanks, Coleen. Happy <3 day to you too!

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  2. Whispering Dixie into me??? Oh what a great way to describe a kiss!!! Love it. Also loved this alliteration:

    listening to your languid tales
    of alligators, telling my most
    shivery snowstorm stories

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    1. Thanks, Margo. It was fun to play with North/South contrasts in composing this bit of nostalgia about the sweet Florida boy from gator land.

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  3. Sha-zam. I might have to start reading more poetry. Adore the title!

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    1. I kind of shamelessly stole it from Elizabeth Gaskell, though her novel from the 1850s isn't at all romantic, it's dark in a Dickensian kind of way.

      Still works for an exploration of regional US conflicts though. :-)

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  4. What a beautiful poem, Laurel -- I love it and am going to bookmark the page so I can re-read. Really lovely stuff!

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    1. Thanks so much. Some of my other published poems can be found in the "Books and publications" link at the top of the blog.

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  5. It's great to see another poem in this blogfest. And I loved the imagery in the poem (-:

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    1. Thanks Fida. I write fiction, too. But this poem's publication worked well for double-duty in the blogfest. :-)

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  6. Loved the poem, Laurel! And I rated it for you. Lovely!

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    1. Thanks for the rating, Margaret! It would be a thrill to be chosen for the anthology.

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  7. I love it! Will click over and vote now! My first kiss? Well, it was weird. I was 9, and it was with one of my older brother's friends. I think I posted about it a long time ago...

    Didn't like it much. Didn't try it again til I was like 16--LOL! :D That one was better~ <3

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    1. Thanks, Leigh! Nine is pretty young to have boys throwing themselves as you. Would've freaked me out too! :-D I wasn't quite 14 when this happened. On a youth group mission trip, no less. He went to the church that was hosting us.

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  8. So cute! I love it. I ran away from my first kiss. Literally. Took off and barricaded the door. Guess I wasn't ready! LOL

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    1. That's hilarious. Personally, I found the whole riding on a guy's naked shoulders more weirdly intimate than the kiss itself. Actually the whole thing was a bit strange when I think about it. I was the quiet church girl who discovered this grit I rarely acknowledged having.

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  9. I don't generally "get" poems, but I loved this! Such a great, unique entry. :)

    I honestly can't remember my first kiss. Not sure if that's good or bad.

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    1. Glad you were willing to give it a try. I seek to write accessible poems that open up the world, not leave a reader scratching her head.

      Not remembering seems more good than bad, I guess? If it had been an extremely bad experience, it would still haunt you.

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  10. I loved that! Liked and voted :-) My first kiss was ... hehe, highly anticipated ;-)

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    1. Thanks so much, Rachel. Anticipated kisses can be pretty wonderful too, as much as surprise ones like mine. :-)

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  11. My first kiss... was memorable. That is all. =)

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    1. Ah, you're not a girl to kiss and tell. :-D

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    1. Thanks so much. It was a fun one to write.

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  14. The poem was lovely! Thank you for sharing. ;-)

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    1. Thanks, Sharon. It took me a long time to work up the nerve to submit that one to a publication because it's so intimate.

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  15. Wonderful poem! I love the "whispering Dixie into me" line. :) My first kiss was weird and awkward, lol!

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    1. Thanks so much. I get the impression I'm in the minority when it comes to first kiss experiences. :-D

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