Day 19 Poem-a-day challenge

Prompt: Today’s challenge is to write a poem that starts with a command (https://www.napowrimo.net).

The command I am starting with for this effort is one I heard from my mother at a very young age:  “Act Your Age, young lady!”

Maybe before or after that first kiss . . .

The First Kiss

“Act your age, young lady” my mother said

to me one night when I had secretly kissed

my first crush under a tree, sitting on the curb

in the dark like a couple of love birds gone to roost.

Not only my first crush, my first kiss! Two kids

stuck together at the lips like a kissing bobble.

Not breathing, just kissing, not knowing how,

but feeling the passion of a first kiss.

“Act Your Age,” she might say to me again but

this time for a different reason. So, I wonder

to this day what it means to “act your age?”

Jacquelyn Markham 4/19/2022

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