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David Kim – Berks
Young and Perverted
So I kissed Becky Dietrich
The best I knew how, with my 9th grade lips,
Wanting…wanting, I don’t know what.
Who do you think you are?
But I was a teenage Casanova, swooning women
Smooth talk, and sandpapered fingertips.
And my mind wandered, my hand wandered;
Flashed Sex Ed—awkward moments with the sounds
of the words
Penis and vagina left reverberating between chuckles
No one really knowing what the heck they thought
they were doing
Trying to teach us this stuff.
Me, in my head, I was the king of romance,
Kissing her soft, pink lips,
Like they were fresh young Georgia peaches—fleshy
and summertime ripe.
Because I was young, perverted,
And I had thought that that was okay..
David Kim's poem
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