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ADOLESCENCE, by            
First Line: She'd thought about his eyes but had not known
Last Line: Troubled by this sensation she called hate.
Subject(s): Adolescence; Teen Agers


She'd thought about his eyes but had not known
He thought of her in secret, too, until
The day they picked arbutus on the hill
She remembered how the other three had gone
Into the pasture, but she'd found a stone
To rest on from her climbing and sat still
And told him daringly that he could fill
Her basket for her now they were alone.

What he had said to that she could not tell
But she remembered a boy's mouth had been
New to her then and quite incredible.
She had run home and washed her own lips clean
And lain awake that night till very late
Troubled by this sensation she called hate.





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