The First Time I Smelled Cologne

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

Submitted: July 12, 2018

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My school hosted a party

for the students whose work

was entered in our high school literary magazine.

I read my poem

out loud for the first time.

 

It was there my English teacher told me,

You’re such a good writer.

I’m so proud of you.

And he hugged me

a little too long

to be platonic,

my chest pressed

tightly against his.

 

I walked home in the dark

with questions,

the leftover vegetable tray in my hands,

the poetry tucked under my arm,

the scent of cologne

unfamiliar and unwanted

on my neck.


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