“Jennifer Marie” – Chris Pardal
The brisk cold. The wind.
Listening to dance music, getting ready to go to “City Lites”
My first girlfriend… the first girl to tweeze my eyebrows as I lie on her lap.
I wrote her a rap song…
“Shakin’ for Jen”… back when I was a poet.
I danced for her… back when I was a dancer.
I fought for her… back when I couldn’t fight.
I fell in love with her… back when I wanted to be a player.
She told me if I let myself fall in love that it would be the greatest feeling that I could ever feel…
…She was right.
The smell of Rave hairspray, spearmint gum and cigarettes…
Her thick curly black hair, brown eyes & sensuous little mouth that gave the world’s most magnificent kisses.
The first time I made love… back when all I did was fuck.
My first love tattooed in blood, etched in my brain, and pumped through my heart and body.
The ruler for which I will forever measure any girl before I get married.
She was seventeen and I was nineteen and nothing would ever change…
…not the clubs, or the music, or the clothes.
– ©2017 Chris Pardal