What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why

Poem inspired by the title of Edna St Vincent Millay’s poetic masterpiece.

What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why
seemingly enticing at first, as wildfire is, but oh after
as shards of glass that prick the skin; and laughter
for feeling that takes much longer to die,
than sunrise to replace the raven-coloured sky,
like the beginning and end of every chapter,
of taste, of aftermath and buds that bloom but half were
and song that continues to stream from eye.

I regret not flavorful past nor do I cry,
of which my fingers turn pages until they are sore,
but instead recount past lover’s sigh;
so as to soothe the pain, as rugs used to cover the floor,
the wind, the rain, the sleet and snow in turn testify,
amid shaken boughs promise there’s more.

 

 

 

Photo credits: Pinterest

Sarah is our lovely hostess tonight at dVerse where she invites us to write about the valentines that didn’t happen. Come join us! πŸ’

Posted for Poetics: After St. Valentine left the building @dVerse Poets Pub

 

34 thoughts on “What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why

  1. Anna says:

    Bittersweet indeed and finely wrought.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Anna πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it πŸ’„β€οΈ

  2. Sarah Connor says:

    This is somehow sadder and yet more hopeful than the original. It’s one of my favourite poems, I think you really do it justice here, and I’m glad you spotlighted it. I love the way memories soften sadness, as rugs soften floors – such a clever image.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Sarah πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it πŸ’„β€οΈ

      (and thank you for the glorious prompt)

  3. Bjorn Rudberg says:

    I love what you did here… even in sadness you write romance so well.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Bjorn πŸ˜€ so glad the poem resonated with you πŸ’„β€οΈ

  4. Jane Dougherty says:

    I like this more formal poem of yours. it’s sweetly melancholic, rocks gently.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Jane πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it πŸ’„β€οΈ

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Sascha πŸ˜€ so good to see you πŸ’„β€οΈ

  5. lynn__ says:

    No regrets is best!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Absolutely! Thank you so much, Lynn πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it πŸ’„β€οΈ

  6. Grace says:

    A lyrical but sad poem. Beautifully done!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Grace πŸ˜€ so glad the poem resonated with you πŸ’„β€οΈ

  7. Fireblossom says:

    There’s more here than meets the eye. Interesting turns of phrase make this a satisfying read.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Shay πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it πŸ’„β€οΈ

  8. Brendan says:

    How can love every be bad, even failed or lost love? The heart is magnified as much in losing as gaining. This is a poem by one in possession of this.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Brendan πŸ˜€ so glad the poem resonated with you πŸ’„β€οΈ

  9. Ain says:

    A poem from you posted here is always a wonderful treat –and by the second and third lines..the poem had already taken my breath away..enticing at first, like wildfire….I am swept away, into such incredible patterns created by words…so nicely done Sanaa…an amazing read..

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Ain πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it πŸ’„β€οΈ

  10. Ingrid says:

    So full of wistful regret! But I love that you end on a hopeful note πŸ’•

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Ingrid πŸ˜€ I loved writing this one πŸ’„β€οΈ

  11. So poignant, and yet still romantic. Beautifully written, Sanaa! πŸ’™

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Merril πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it πŸ’„β€οΈ

  12. A sonnet! Well done. and I love the interior rhyme with “after[math]” and “half were”

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Alexandra πŸ˜€ so glad the poem resonated with you πŸ’„β€οΈ

  13. Mary Hood says:

    Sweet to bitter, bitter to sweet, I love how you end with a promise of no end.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Mary πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it πŸ’„β€οΈ

  14. I love your poem of lessons learned and put underfoot! No regrets, there is more and better to come!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Dwight πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it πŸ’„β€οΈ

  15. msjadeli says:

    the sorrow is palpable here; yet hope remains… beautifully done, Sanaa.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Lisa πŸ˜€ so glad the poem resonated with you πŸ’„β€οΈ

  16. Punam says:

    Beautifully crafted, Sanaa! Poignant yet not without hope…❀️❀️

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Punam πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it πŸ’„β€οΈ

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