Now available: First Crush

First Crush, Yinka Rose Reed-Nolan I wanted to call you a Bitch
when you decided not to give things
more energy than they already had,
relegated yourself to a nod
and smile
as if to say
my life was a collage of repeating themes
and you were sick of them,
but I didn’t think you’d appreciate that
so I said I was sorry
for not being able to adequately speak
to describe the slow blaze of destruction inside me.

For letting you think
I was air and not fire.

-- from First Crush