The Kisser’s Handbook

Spread the love
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 Replies to “The Kisser’s Handbook”

  1. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *