First Love

For NK

Ten minutes past five
That date to be etched
The timing – pre-teen –

verging on adult –
he told her he loved her
with a kiss and a grip
His surfacing from under

where he’d long hid
with his mumbled voice
to be heard in this world
above that white noise

He sensed her missed beats
and then brought her love –
his simple offering
which was more than enough