the first girl | linda m. crate

the first girl

when i lost my fear of hellfire, i found my place; found that my love for you wasn't impure or dirty or wrong it simply was love— & i am sorry i could never tell you that i loved you, but i was too afraid; i didn't know how to say it because i knew you didn't feel the same— your beauty still dances across my memories, so thank you for being a part of my life; i am sorry i drove you away because i think you were someone i was never meant to lose— i doubt i drift upon your focus anymore, but when pink sunsets drift warm and dreamy upon my skin or i see white roses i think of you: the first girl i fell in love with.

Linda M. Crate (she/her) is a Pennsylvanian writer whose works have been published widely both online and in print. She has twelve published poetry chapbooks, the latest being: Searching Stained Glass Windows For An Answer (Alien Buddha Press, December 2022).
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