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False Advertising

Translated from Portuguese by John Keene

The first time I kissed
It was my girlfriends who kissed
They invented a flavor, a style, a smell
My lips weren't there.

The first time I kissed
The prince was chosen by these dreaming girls
He was a jerk to me
A toad, a dragon that spat its fire on me

I don't know what it was like
They didn't see my closed eyes
I wasn't there.

Credit


Originally published in the December 2018 issue of Words Without Borders. © Cristiane Sobral. By arrangement with the author. Translation © 2018 by John Keene. All rights reserved.

Author


Cristiane Sobral

Cristiane Sobral was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1974.

Date Published: 2018-12-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/false-advertising