My first term of college
I went home for Christmas.
Got on the train in Baltimore
Wearing a camel’s hair coat with cherry red scarf
Feeling cheerful and independent
Just like all the
Carousing students on the train
Done with classes for the moment.
Halfway through the trip
I finished the last page of
Fear of Flying
A book which talked about
The zipless fuck so seductively that
I was eager to experiment.
I looked around and caught the eye of
A handsome blond boy
Who turned out to be eager as well even
Though he had not read the book.
Without any preamble or foreplay or courtship but
Only mutual heat
We dashed to the bathroom at the end of the car
And made love
Inside standing up
My legs wrapped around him
My skirt pulled up.
When it was over
We pulled our clothes together
And left discretely as
The train roared into Penn Station with screeching gears.
I walked out onto the platform to wait for my parents
Still flushed with excitement.