The Danger in a Kiss

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The danger in a kiss

Not a kiss on the cheek, obviously,

But a real kiss

A real kiss can kill

A real kiss opens a door

That can never be closed

There is no irony in a kiss

No space between

The kiss and those who kiss

Maybe for a moment

There is a kisser and a kissed

With a real kiss

That distinction vanishes

A deep vulnerability opens

And lingers after the kiss

Nothing can close it

It can be ignored,

Violated, evaded,

But never closed

All the secrets of magic

Are held in a kiss

Wordless presence

All of our fights

And misunderstandings

Our shame, our longing

Are born in the dissonance

Between the wordless presence

Of a kiss

And the busy noise

Of our lives

To kiss is to kiss the divine

And the divine always wants more

Wants it all

Will we give it up?

Or squirm this way and that

Caught between fear

And the inevitable?

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3 thoughts on “The Danger in a Kiss”

  1. Beautiful lines, Tom! – makes me stop and wonder.

    All of our fights
    And misunderstandings
    Our shame, our longing
    Are born in the dissonance
    Between the wordless presence
    Of a kiss
    And the busy noise

    Of our lives

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