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His First Love

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His First Love

I remember the heavy round wooden tables
Built low to the ground,
Just right for kindergartners.
He would always sit close. 

I didn't notice. 

Out-of-doors on the playground was a giant oak.
He made me an acorn pipe, then taught me how.
I made lots of acorn pipes, giving them all away;
Even his. 

He stood quiet with little fists pushed deep in his pockets.
But I didn't notice. 

The sun was golden
Shining through high windows
Down on the low round table,
Particles of dust dancing merrily on the beams. 

He handed me a present,
And as the royal blue paper with tiny pin stripes 
Crossed the sun's rays
The stripes lit up like diamonds. 

Gently opening the paper,
Careful not to lose the sparkles,
I could feel the whole class watch.
I was embarrassed. 

Inside was a book about a velveteen kitten.
She was black and feminine.
She wore a pink bow,
And she was fuzzy to the touch. 

I treasured that book.
As time went by I rubbed the kitty's fur
Until she was loved slick and smooth. 

I don't remember saying thank you.
I'm sure I did.
Surely the teacher would have reminded me;
There in front of the whole class. 

Over four decades ago - yet - 
The memory of that special gift is as clear and bright
As was the sun beam that day.
And I would like you to know Jimmy Wilson; 

That I noticed. 


Note: An old kindergarten memory to share with you. Written about 22 years ago.

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  1. Date: 2/16/2013 8:05:00 AM
    !!!

    Meyer Avatar Judith Angell Meyer
    Date: 2/16/2013 8:53:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
  1. Date: 2/15/2013 9:34:00 PM
    Congratulations on your wonderful nostalgic poem being featured this week on Soup, Judith. Annalise

    Meyer Avatar Judith Angell Meyer
    Date: 2/16/2013 8:52:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Annalise for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Nostalgic indeed! Kindergarten was 65 or so years ago already. Never did find Jimmy.
  1. Date: 2/15/2013 4:52:00 PM
    Judith, hope your days are filled with joy... stopping by to say HI!:-) Congratulations with your featured poem of the week. Always~ PD"

    Meyer Avatar Judith Angell Meyer
    Date: 2/16/2013 8:49:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Well I'm glad you stopped by! My days are busy, but they are my own. :-) Thank you so much for your welcome comment. ~J~
  1. Date: 2/13/2013 8:34:00 AM
    Cute, touching, and sensitive, Just like a shy little kid. I love kid stuff. Congrats on the selecti0on. daver

    Meyer Avatar Judith Angell Meyer
    Date: 2/13/2013 10:40:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Daver. I wish I could have found Jimmy across the years. Would like him to know. Apparently not to be.
  1. Date: 7/18/2008 1:02:00 PM
    This is gorgeous. I love the almost-prose style, it all flows so nicely. I remember moments like this myself...except I was usually the one making the advances...oh well :-) Thanks for sharing this! love.t