Paul Hansford


Paul Hansford Poems

1. *How to Critique a Poem 5/1/2009
2. For Mel (villanelle) 4/24/2008
3. Another Sun 5/12/2008
4. The First Time 4/22/2008
5. After The Stroke 8/14/2009
6. A Poem about Recycling 4/26/2009
7. Gifts 5/2/2008
8. Absence 5/26/2009
9. Guard of Honour (rondeau redoublé) 5/23/2008
10. Driving on Auto-pilot 8/15/2009
11. My Shopping List 4/17/2009
12. Reflection (a palindromic poem) 5/19/2005
13. Dos besos (a brief love story) 5/23/2008
14. A few Limericks (serious/satirical) 7/25/2009
15. Artist’s model 1/1/2009
16. An English Calendar 7/3/2008
17. four haiku 5/2/2008
18. A Poem about Laterality 4/22/2009
19. Questions 5/21/2008
20. A B C of poetry 8/29/2009

The First Time

I was only seventeen, and you were about the same,
and I knew nothing about you – I barely knew your name.
But I looked at you, and you looked at me, and we looked at each other, and then…
I knew, the first time you smiled at me, I wanted to see you again.

So I went where I knew I could find you, and asked you to go on a date,
and you looked quite shy, but you said you would, and I knew it must be fate.
And I looked at you, and you looked at me, and we looked at each other, and then…

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