The Gate of a Kiss

The scent of the other is the first to smite;
an odor like musk 
making its way into the blood– 
and then touch, as lips come in contact, 
so many poems have been composed  
over the decades  
merely to describe this act, 
so many others, perhaps only to understand. 
The gate of a kiss, 
it’s believed, is a defining moment that determines 
if something truly exists.  

The meeting of flesh, as lower lip comes 
upon the upper  
in a series of searing orations, 
only- no words are exchanged. 
Instead, a sweet ropy fragrance takes over 
the senses,  
and tongue forgets to keep its distance– 
a kiss can be ebbing of a tide  
or an atomic explosion,  
can make one forfeit or blossom as a rose  
in a matter of seconds.

And blossomed I did, for shadows of his 
face pierced through barriers of doubt  
and welled up  
in my heart with a slow pain– 
I was infatuated,  
and wanted nothing more than to write odes  
to perishable breath, 
his mouth, both soft and wild  
spoke of promise of somedays and broken things; 
I knew I would never be the same.

I am not in favor of being coy nor do I 
encourage the dark, liquid loveliness of words 
which are half understood– 
rather, I prefer to take a chance  
and explore nuances, 
delicate shadings that come with countenance, 
for I believe in giving your all; the best of summer  
and august rain, both. 
The gate of a kiss, is more significant than  
the act itself. 

 

 

 

 

Picture courtesy: Pinterest 

Kim is our lovely hostess at dVerse where she invites us to write a poem that
describes a kiss. Come join us! ❤️

Posted for Poetics: Prelude to a Kiss @dVerse Poets Pub

32 thoughts on “The Gate of a Kiss

  1. Grace says:

    This is a sensual poem – all senses come alive. Take a chance, I say (smiles). Love this part:
    for I believe in giving your all; the best of summer
    and august rain, both.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Grace 😀 so glad the poem resonated with you 💄❤️

  2. Romantic and so sensual, your kiss poem is on fire, Sanaa, the second stanza especially! I love the lines:
    ‘a kiss can be ebbing of a tide
    or an atomic explosion,
    can make one forfeit or blossom as a rose ‘
    and
    ‘his mouth, both soft and wild
    spoke of promise of somedays and broken things’.
    Beautiful!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Awww gosh! Thank you so much, my dearest Kim 😍 so glad you enjoyed it! 💄❤️

      I had fun writing this one 😀

      (and thank you for the glorious prompt) 🌹

  3. Björn says:

    I knew you never could disappoint with a poem of kisses You absolutely nailed it, down to the detail of the tongue that doesn’t stay in its place… smile

    1. Sanaa says:

      That is such high praise! Thank you so so much, Bjorn 😀 so glad you liked it! 💄❤️

  4. Nobody writes the hot stuff like you do, Sanaa. Thanks.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Ron 😀 so good to see you 💄❤️

  5. Sami says:

    The tongue sometimes wonders😍🤪
    Lovely Poem Sanaa

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Sami 🙂 so glad the poem resonated with you 💄❤️

  6. Gillena says:

    “and tongue forgets to keep its distance–”
    Wow!!! Nice one

    Much❤love

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Gillena 😀 so glad you liked it 💄❤️

      Much love back 💕🍹

  7. wildchild47 says:

    I like how this begins with a rather objectified tone and wording and then smashes itself open to the human elements, the aspects – the feelings that chase and disperse. It is filled with longing and yet a self-maturation that is truly wonderful.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Wildchild 😀 so glad the poem and its imagery appealed to you 💄❤️

  8. You definitely gave your all here and then some! 🔥🔥🔥 Your style is always so sensual but never better than here! 👏👏

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Tricia 😀 so glad the poem resonated with you 💄❤️

  9. When I read the prompt, I thought , “Sanaa must’ve written something achingly beautiful with this kissing prompt” ‘cuz you usually rock these romantic prompts, I was not wrong, you rocked the socks off this prompt!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Mrityunjay 😀 so glad you enjoyed it 💄❤️

  10. The gate of a kiss–love this line!!!

    1. Sanaa says:

      ❤️❤️❤️

  11. Raivenne says:

    “…I prefer to take a chance
    and explore nuances,
    delicate shadings that come with countenance, ”

    Oh Sanaa, I absolutely LOVE this!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Awww gosh! Thank you so much, Raivenne 😀 so glad you liked it 💄❤️

  12. Beautifully done, Sanaa!

    1. Sanaa says:

      ❤️❤️❤️

  13. Jane Dougherty says:

    That’s a fascinating idea, the kiss as gate. I shall think about that 🙂

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Jane 😀 so glad you enjoyed it 💄❤️

  14. The gate of a kiss… I love how you used the kiss as a prelude to love. Sanaa, this poem is an explosion of feelings. Amazing work!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Colleen 😀 so glad the poem and its imagery appealed to you 💄❤️

  15. Brendan says:

    A kiss is never just a kiss, is it? Rather, it’s “a defining moment that determines / if something truly exists. A gate through which the future passes. A ravishing surrender to the idea here.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Brendan 😀 so glad the poem resonated with you 💄❤️

  16. Sara McNulty says:

    Sensual, romantic. I love the “gate”!

    1. Sanaa says:

      ❤️❤️❤️

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