First Love


if i wear what they wear

hide myself in their fur

let my body disappear into antlers and hooves


can i become a deer?


can i stalk back into the forest?


you won’t remember me--

just a brief sighting in your youth

a long-legged doe with blood-stained skin


suddenly there in the road

and then gone again


early one morning




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Katiebird Yates currently resides in Maine by way of New York, Italy, Texas, and Florida. Her previously published works can be found in The Aurorean, Slink Chunk Press, and Bitchin' Kitsch. When she’s not writing poems, she can be found stalking the woods with her husband and their wolf pack. Twitter @zarktwain