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I Say to You Now

Three poems.

The Kiss

I don’t want something that’s lifeless and wan,
I don’t want something polite and puckery.
I am seeking something oceanic,
something Shakespearean in scope,
something that will cause climate change
in all my body parts.
I want something so dramatic
that Rachel McAdams
will want to star in the movie adaptation
of our kiss.

I’m not saying it has to be perfect the first time
but I want to know
it’s a kiss that contains a promise
of cataclysmic explosion,
that tectonic plates
could possibly shift
at the merging of our mouths.

I want a kiss that will change the course of history
whether it’s global or national or local,
I want to test the Emergency Broadcast System,
I want to throb in the glorious panic of you and me
and if you can’t give me that
then I will wait
for someone
who can.
For a week.
Or two.
Never mind.
Call me back.

Kirsten Smith is an author and a screenwriter. Her credits include Legally Blonde, 10 Things I Hate About You, and She’s the Man. Her most recent novel, Trinkets, about three girls who meet in a Shoplifter’s Anonymous support group, is out in March 2013 from Little, Brown. Her Twitter is @kiwilovesyou and her favorite comedy words are “cheese” and “nipple.”


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  • litchick February 28th, 2013 3:14 PM

    Beautiful poems!

  • AnaRuiz February 28th, 2013 3:20 PM

    I don’t know if it’s because I’m a sucker for love poems but that last one was amazinggg. And I write poetry too, but I’ve never dared call myself a “poet.” maybe that condescension has something to do with it?


  • sugarmilz February 28th, 2013 3:23 PM

    Beautiful poems.


  • kimberleighrc February 28th, 2013 3:46 PM

    I’m so happy to see poetry on Rookie. I’d love for there to be a regular installment of new poetry from readers preferably! I write poetry but don’t always feel like a “poet,” per se, so a space for poetry publication would be wonderful.

  • Mary the freak February 28th, 2013 3:49 PM

    Poems on rookie is one of the most beautiful things I can imagine. I love this.


  • Velvetmary February 28th, 2013 3:53 PM

    These are so beautiful. Each one of them. I love them.

  • soviet_kitsch February 28th, 2013 3:56 PM

    these are beautiful. the last one is my favourite <3

  • Lauren Hartnett February 28th, 2013 4:18 PM

    I really like the poems, they definitely are mini-stories the way Kirsten writes them. I think it would be helpful though to hear about getting published, because I’m going through a time right now where all I can see myself doing in the future is writing, but I have no idea how to submit to literary magazines or becoming slightly known for my words.

  • indaslicht February 28th, 2013 4:24 PM

    what is R*g though

    • Maddy February 28th, 2013 5:56 PM

      “rag”. it means to be on your period and I think it has a crude connotation

  • RhiaSnape February 28th, 2013 5:03 PM

    love the second one best, these are awesome

  • limegreensunset February 28th, 2013 5:18 PM



  • Kennedy February 28th, 2013 5:26 PM

    I love the poems you guys have been posting! Keep it up! <3 I'm always on the look out for interesting poetry.

  • Maddy February 28th, 2013 5:58 PM

    Like this is great and all, but I’m always somewhat disappointed when I reach the end of a fiction (yesterday’s was greaat though) or poetry and see that it’s a professional author. I’d like to see more of my peers’ writing or even my own. Maybe April’s theme will inspire me.

  • Jolala February 28th, 2013 6:10 PM

    I LOVE these poems. I want more.

  • StrawberryTwist February 28th, 2013 7:21 PM

    I really enjoyed reading this poetry :) So magical


  • emilycarolina February 28th, 2013 10:54 PM

    OMG this is amazing! i remember seeing her speak at a rookie event, she’s so cool (: love her and her work!

  • Special_Snowflake March 1st, 2013 12:34 AM

    The last one was really special :)

  • Paulatte March 1st, 2013 7:27 AM

    Wow they are great! especially the last one. She doesn’t even have to explain that her poems are mini stories, it really makes sense when you read them.

  • flocha March 1st, 2013 3:08 PM

    ah all so beautiful but especially liked the last one

  • Cutesycreator aka Monica June 15th, 2013 12:11 PM

    These are AMAZING! Poetry has never particularly appealed to me but I am very partial to the poems on Rookie. Perhaps it’s time to rethink my opinion.