A Sharp Intake of Breath After an Eternity Underwater

Short, free-verse poem about a first kiss.

A painting of a man and a woman kissing passionately on a chair. The woman is sitting on the man’s lap.
“Impulsive Love” by Ron Hicks (1966)

Unfurled blankets,
Creaking fans,
Ceilings being
Stared down.

Coffee smell,
Broken Walkman,
Hair with
White flakes.

Yet an ocean,
Multiple hurricanes,
Sad fish
Trying to mate,

Calmed down;
Tropical islands.
You kissed
The pain away.


Image sourced from — http://www.ronhicks.com/