Poem: Your Kiss

English: A young girl kisses a baby on the cheek.

English: A young girl kisses a baby on the cheek. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I was unaware

 

I was unaware

of your kiss at first, on forehead

and cheek, maybe even on

my foot – you know, when babies’

feet are cute and pristine, before life

gets too serious and rinds the soul?

Then later, and with equal ignorance, I

noticed your lips, though they’d always

been there. Now the way you walked

and talked

and brushed your hair – suddenly

you were magic! A vision! My lips

against yours, the most natural

avenue in life and love. Then

all too soon, you gave me air

kisses at weddings

and christenings

and funerals, the social graces

that count, their passion sucked

out by convention. And right now

I’m all too aware of

your kiss, on my forehead,

my cheek once more, though you stay

clear of my foot. You realise

that I am slowly leaving, retreating

into soft make-beliefs

of self, sheaths which soothe

the cool airs of emptiness

 

poem © copyright David F. Barker 2013

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14 comments

  1. Ina · February 5, 2013

    Hi David, this is love- ly ! 🙂 xx

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  2. poeticjourney · February 5, 2013

    Beautiful piece

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  3. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words · February 5, 2013

    oh I do like this one!
    )0(
    maryrose

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  4. ManicDdaily · February 5, 2013

    Such a poignant poem with humor too, and much sweetness. k.

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  5. Laurie Kolp · February 5, 2013

    So sad…

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  6. brian miller · February 5, 2013

    wow i can feel the seperating in this…th drawing away…a little less intimate and much more formal you know….the emptiness at the end is felt…

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  7. yp25 · February 6, 2013

    Excellent!

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  8. jane tims · February 6, 2013

    Hi. This is a delightful poem. I like: ‘rinds the soul’, ‘and brushed your hair – sudeenly’, and ‘stay clear of my foot’. I love the last three lines. Jane

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  9. jane tims · February 6, 2013

    Hi. Sorry… will you edit ‘suddenly’? my finger hit before my brain approved…. jane

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  10. rangewriter · February 6, 2013

    Love it! Especially this line: before life gets too serious and rinds the soul?

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  11. Three Well Beings · February 9, 2013

    Wow! This is really something quite beautiful, David. I love the imagery. Interplay between the sweet baby feet and the innocence of first kisses is really lovely! Bittersweet ending…can you tell I really liked this? 🙂

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  12. dfb · February 9, 2013

    Yes, thank you!!! Am very grateful to you for reading it.

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  14. Playamart - Zeebra Designs · March 9, 2013

    a young person could never have written something like this!
    so very nice and sadly true.
    so sorry that i missed this/these; i’ll blame our horrid weather (rainy season) and horrid internet.
    your posts are always welcomed and appreciated!
    z

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