I stumbled across this poem for the first time in my sophomore year of college. I was dating a boy a few years older than I, with tattoos spread across his arms and upper back. I remember being mesmerized by Addonizio's words, how she could capture the simplicity, the beauty of ink etched into skin.
I could hear her voice in my head as I traced the lines in my boyfriend's arms and back. She was right. Permanence is terrifying. But even more terrifying when it does not transfer into the ways we love.
Just yesterday a friend asked me to name my favorite poem. I remembered "First Poem For You," how real the words felt, echoing in my head as if they were my own. "I love to kiss / the pictures in your skin."
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