Roger Bonair-Agard

(Trinidad)

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1. Because I Cannot Remember My First Kiss 11/28/2014

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Because I Cannot Remember My First Kiss

but I remember sitting alone on the brown
couch in my grandmother's living room,
couch whose cushion covers were of velvet
and the color of dark rust, or dried blood
—and sewn by the tailor from up the block,
the same one who made me my first light blue
suit two years earlier
And I sat there running my hands back
and forth
over the short smooth hairs of the fabric
and understanding what touch meant
for the first time—not touch, the word,
as in don't touch the hot stove or don't
touch your grandfather's hats but touch
like ...

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