The Kisser’s Handbook

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A tribute response to Joseph Legaspi’s poem, ‘The Kisser’s Handbook.’

Invigorating and intense is love.
A kiss that hints at butterscotch, caramel,
and tuberose fragrance.

I find I am unable to read your lips
unless
they are caressing mine,
as whisper, as promise,
and a sigh followed by consummation.

A kiss is more personal
more private than sharing a secret
it’s a bond that blossoms between two people
a thought
muddled by cologne, macadamia nuts
and strawberries.

If rushed it’s probably awkward and first,
as emotions overwhelm and take charge
of the senses,
if delicate, a kiss is playful
almost teasing
as raindrops that pour and tickle flower buds
and foliage.

A kiss dances in the corridors of memory,
makes one blush
as hours pass away as though they are nothing.

When lingering upon shy lower lip,
I am a cloud
willing to embrace the setting sun
when urgent
I seek to travel to collarbone, from decade
to decade
and from dusk till dawn.

Because I am the shore that ocean longs to meet,
ours is a parable timeless,
a love song whose words are from the scripture.

A kiss
is a conversation you have when all else fails.

 

Photo credits: Pinterest 

Posted for ‘Sanaa’s Challenge’ @ Real Toads 

And Posted on open link night @ dverse pub

56 thoughts on “The Kisser’s Handbook

  1. HA says:

    Ooh, I love how you have emulated Legaspi’s style and tone with a unique touch of your own — this kissers’ handbook is like kissing itself, with its discordant notes and parallel aphorisms. Such a lovely write; it made me smile through and through. I love this bit: “when urgent/I seek to travel to collarbone, from decade/to decade/and from dusk till dawn.”

  2. Kerry says:

    This is such a satisfyingly full poem, Sanaa. I love how you used images with big contrasts to convey the passion.

    I seek to travel to collarbone, from decade
    to decade
    and from dusk till dawn.

    Superb!

  3. Jim says:

    Love your title. Sanaa, makes one want to buy it sight unseen. A follow up recipe book might also sell. My favorite is the eats, guess that’s the man’s stomach speaking again.
    Thank you for the nice prompt.

  4. Bjorn Rudberg says:

    So many great lines here pondering all aspects of what a kiss might be…

    A kiss
    is a conversation you have when all else fails.

    is also my favorite line

  5. Kim M. Russell says:

    This is a poem full of passion and I love how you’ve captured the sounds of kissing, Sanaa. I especially enjoyed the lines:
    ‘I find I am unable to read your lips
    unless
    they are caressing mine’;
    ‘A kiss dances in the corridors of memory,
    makes one blush’;
    and
    ‘A kiss
    is a conversation you have when all else fails.’

  6. Scott hastie says:

    Always such a delightfully reliable pleasure to check in again with your poetic soul, Sanna… Once again a deliciously render piece that builds in presence towards a strong and telling crescendo of meaning.

    And as Bjorn says so many strong, well-wrked lines here… I thought:

    “Because I am the shore that ocean longs to meet,
    ours is a parable timeless,
    a love song whose words are from the scripture.”

    Was especially good. With Best Wishes scott x

  7. Glenn Buttkus says:

    Oh, dear lady, this one is a wowzer, a stunner–perhaps the most romantic poem I have ever read. Kissing has always been kind of sacred to me; sex without it is as empty as a corn husk. You made my day, my month, and so much more; so appreciated.

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