first (Kimberly Wolf)

The first person to ever kiss me

played the drums in the youth band at church

I still taste his mouth sometimes

toothpaste fresh and warm honey

sure to cause me to sin and I did not

not want to sin

the drummer from church

kissed me like I was older than I was

my entire face held in his hands

my hands suspended in the air, hovering over his body

afraid if I touched him

I’d burn


Kimberly Wolf is a bipolar mom living in Texas. She is most likely driving towards a mountain right now. You can find more of her work in trampset, Anti-Heroin Chic, Variant Literature, and more. You can follow her on Twitter @KimmieWolf.


image: Madeleine Tomasoa is the co-creator of Koening Zine and the current Assistant Editor for Sledgehammer Literature. They enjoy watching cars go around in a circle.portfolio: