09 February 2020

What is a Kiss?

What a polar-bear kiss has in common
with a moon-mountain kiss is melting ice.

These are tender farewells, not passion, as
unrequited love stalks and destroys life.

Artists measure and savor sweet moments
of parting.  Art is our means of kissing, too.

Come here, we say, and see nature through eyes
that magnify what we are depleting:

Indwelling love does not resemble lack,
greed, or money.  It answers emptiness.

Come here, we say, touch these copies we made.
Keep your hands off the original cause.

We pile up images of domestic
abuse, too, but more of unspoiled times:

Times we were drawn into beauty’s embrace,
before we knew kisses, like art, would fade.

 *** Image and prompt from Sunday Muse # 94

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Helen said...

The messages in your beautifully composed poem are palpable.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Oh I LOVE those beginning lines! Art is our means of kissing......my prompt at Earthweal on the 17th will say something similar. A beautiful poem, my friend.

C. Sandlin said...

This is beautiful--it brings each image to sharpness.

Carrie Van Horn said...

Each stanza is so full of depth and insight into what love is and is not. True love is so much stronger than any kiss. I love where the image took you Susan!

Truedessa said...

I got a bit teary eyed at the thought of the kiss being a farewell. This came to mind for some reason.

“I didn't want to kiss you goodbye — that was the trouble — I wanted to kiss you good night — and there's a lot of difference.”
― Ernest Hemingway

Sumana Roy said...

"tender farewell", fading kisses tug at the heartstrings. So much helplessness! Love, gentleness, death & destruction so wonderfully expressed!

Fireblossom said...

I'd quote back the lines that stood out for me, but then I'd be quoting most of the poem and you already know what you wrote. Another thought-provoking (and emotion-provoking) poem in your recent series of top notch writing, Susan.

R's Rue said...


Jim said...

Too bad for polar bears, they have survived a lot throughout the times. This is the time when their natural enemies, humans, must step up and use our modern research and technology to give them an assist.
Thanks, Susan, for writing this message, I wish more politicians and those controlling our greedy businesses would take it to heart and act accordingly.

purplepeninportland.com said...

I love those last two lines!