First Love


Once crinkly blue eyes,

Emanating a lifetime of unconditional love, laughter and wisdom,

Altered and occupied

with the stark gray of intense penetrating pain and frenzied panic


Crying out my pet name

for assistance and deliverance,

before plunging into depths of the unknown


Lifetime roles reversed

in the flash of an instant,

Forevermore changing


Heart heaved and gut wrenched

with blatant recognition

of no turning back


Grateful now –

for emancipation from pain’s bondage


Knowing, expecting, anticipating, acknowledging –

does not make the transition any easier


There is no replacement for this first love!



© by rgb for “On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea”, 2011


Entry for The Gooseberry Garden
Poetry Picnic – Week 7
“Love and Loss”


About becca givens

Becca is an artist, poet, and animal communicator. She delights in cooking, nurturing, and sharing a rich spiritual life with others on the Path.
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17 Responses to First Love

  1. Dear Becca

    Yes, there is no replacement of first love.. and those are lucky souls, who can stay with the first love forever…

    Liked your verse…
    Thanks for sharing. Look forward to your entry in the coming poetry picnic week 8 theme “Friends, relationship… ”


    ॐ नमः शिवाय
    Om Namah Shivaya


  2. Renee Espriu says:

    The love of a newborn child is simply amazing and I think I felt that way with every one of my own. Beautifully written, Becca.


  3. fiveloaf says:

    agree.. who can forget their first love becca? this week’s gooseberry..


  4. I enjoyed the flow of the poem….:)


  5. tigerbrite says:

    Developing beautifully.


  6. Old Raven says:

    Life’s cycle tragic, real, whole.


  7. Life is a strange thing sometimes. These times when the one who cared for you becomes the cared for are one of the strangest, and hardest to deal with.
    Wonderfully sad and painful write that ends on a comforting, encouraging note. Nicely done, Becca!


  8. Ina says:

    Lovely 🙂 This first love is for ever!


  9. Jamie says:

    That’s very moving. Your choice of words is very exact and not one has been wasted. A very good read.


  10. Just Beautiful!!Wonder of love!!The pic is a darling!! Truly love this one!Thanks for dropping by my place,too. Have posted another piece. Hope you can drop by, again!


  11. Eloquently said … a precious picture to go with your very meaningful words.
    Always oustanding, Becca. I have nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award …


  12. No there is only one first love….such depth of emotion in your words


  13. siggiofmaine says:

    Love it ! perfectly said.
    ☮ ♥ Siggi in Downeast Maine


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