Len Kuntz

The Next One

Did he kiss you first?
What were his hands doing?
Were the lights dim or bright?
Did he notice one eye is bigger,
one tooth slightly longer?
Were there splotches?
Did your air catch, your chest clutch?
Did many freckles dance?
How much time was allotted for staring?
What scents did he notice?
Did he ask, “Have you ever…?”
Did he ask, “What are you thinking?”
Did he say, “Oh my” and have to look away?
Were there any sighs?
Any tears, or just a goofy grin?
Did he trace curves and whorls,
find that tailbone bump?
Did he try to polish your nose?
Was there much laughter?
Any music playing?
What was the room doing?
What were you thinking then?
Did he kiss you first,
and if so,
what exactly did that
mean to you?


Len Kuntz is a writer from Washington State and the author of four books, most recently the story collection, THIS IS WHY I NEED YOU, out now from Ravenna Press.  You can find more of his writing at lenkuntz.blogspot.com