The First Time I Wrote a Poem – List Poem
The first time I wrote a poem
the waves coughed up metaphors / the rocks were bathed in cerulean sunset / the tender pages from my notebook made love with the violent salt air / my fountain pen was heavy with new emotions that came with the realization of hidden potential / my lungs choked with a passion hitherto unknown / my heart pumped solely for the words that were to stream out / yet my thoughts were on the boy I was infatuated with / the boy who had feelings for my best friend / I imagined how my fingers would easily slip through his and how we’d walk by the seaside holding hands / I wondered how my April classes would glitter with our endless banter / and then I asked myself if I was here to write about the boy or the sea / my heart screamed it was always about the boy, but my eyes betrayed me as it fell in love with the sea at the very moment / I shook my head so much that the boy’s image oozed out from my mind and fell to the ground in pieces / I tucked a tendril behind my right ear like that would get me started / I looked at my grandpa seated beside me, munching on peanuts, his eyes beholding a faraway memory / maybe he was writing his own poem / his first poem / maybe he too was enchanted by the sea / I looked up as if the sky would bless me / and then I wrote about the sea.
©Kavya Janani. U
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