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

Comments

  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.”

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Anmol 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

  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!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Kerry 😀 so glad you enjoyed it ❤️

  3. A poem written by a romantic who has mastered the art of kissing. I so enjoyed reading this poem!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Sherry 😀 so glad you enjoyed it ❤️

  4. annell4 says:

    Kiss, Kissed, Kissing, perfect for Valentine’s Day. Day of love!! and kisses!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely 😀 thanks for stopping by, Annell ❤️

  5. 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.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Jim 😀 so good to see you ❤️

  6. gorgeous… a beautiful handbook…!!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Sreeja 😀 so glad you enjoyed it ❤️

  7. “A kiss is a conversation you have when all else fails.” Often true…

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely 😀 thanks for stopping by, Priscilla ❤️

  8. Sara McNulty says:

    Agree with Priscilla – what a great line that is. Gorgeous poem.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Sara 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

  9. 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

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Bjorn 😀 so glad you enjoyed it ❤️

  10. Rommy says:

    I concur. The last verse is a stunner

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Rommy 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

  11. gillena says:

    A truly lovely lure of images Sanaa. Happy Sunday. Thanks for dropping by my blog

    Much🌻love

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Gillena 😀 so good to see you ❤️

      Much❤️love

  12. Wendy Bourke says:

    Once again – what has become somewhat of a signature for you, Sanaa: stunning lines that cascade to an awesome and indelible close. I love the way you do that !!!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Awwww gosh! ❤️ Thank you so much, Wendy 😀 so glad you enjoyed it! ❤️

  13. Thotpurge says:

    a cloud
    willing to embrace the setting sun…. only one gets to win that encounter, though!! 🙂

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Rajani 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

  14. 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.’

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Kim 😀 so glad you enjoyed it ❤️

  15. “Because i am a shore the ocean longs to meet.” This is gorgeous Sanaa, and that last line is a wonderful closing line!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Carrie 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

  16. Oh yes, like others I was struck by your stunning conclusion – the culmination of a wonderful piece of writing, a fitting response to Legaspi’s.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Rosemary 😀 so glad you enjoyed it ❤️

  17. Jane Dougherty says:

    ‘I am the shore that ocean longs to meet’
    lovely line.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Jane 😀 so good to see you ❤️

  18. 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

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Scott 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

  19. Eric says:

    ah, wow. such a vast and expansive exposistion on oue of our strangest and yet most magnificent customs. well done, Sanaa

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Eric 😀 so glad you enjoyed it ❤️

  20. Ken Gierke says:

    I enjoyed this conversation.
    In fact, I’ll enjoy having this conversation when someone special gets home..

    1. Sanaa says:

      Oh wow! Thank you so much, Ken 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

  21. 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.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Awwww gosh! ❤️ Thank you so much, Glenn 😀 so glad you enjoyed it! ❤️

  22. Frank Hubeny says:

    I like how lips have to be “caressing” to be read.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Frank 😀 so good to see you ❤️

  23. You always write with such heady romance Sanaa! This is tinged with longing and desire.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Linda 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

  24. Jade Li says:

    A Study in Sensuality for that most priceless of gifts, the humble kiss. Well done, Sanaa <3

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Jade 😀 so glad you enjoyed it ❤️

  25. One can assume extensive research went into the writing of this great poem! ahem … It’s beautifully written.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Beverly 😀 so good to see you ❤️

  26. Truedessa says:

    That’s one hell of a kiss…

    1. Sanaa says:

      ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  27. Grace says:

    A sensual dance – it’s worth kissing the whole time, smiles. Thanks for sharing the poem.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Grace 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

  28. vibrant and alluring: a perfect answer to Joseph Legaspi! Bravo!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Frank 😀 so glad you enjoyed it ❤️

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