First Love

The first great love of my life
was a boy with green hair
whom I saw in a movie of the same name.

He was the saddest boy in the world
on account of the green hair
he suffered and shed many tears.

But I thought – How beautiful it is
that green hair
And wanted it for myself.

Thus began a preference for
the melancholy and exotic lover
that’s caused me trouble all my life.

Grace Andreacchi writes novels, plays, short stories and poetry. Her work has been published by Serpent’s Tail, Harper Collins and Oxford University Press as well as her own imprint, Andromache Books. She is currently hiding out in rural Sussex with her little cat, Mimì.
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Illustration by Jo Repetto