Philology XII


Let me say first off
“kitsch” (the sound —
not the meaning)
more fully expresses
the lush experience
that a kiss can be
but since such history
(George Orwell excepted)
cannot be undone
let’s deal with what we have

Kiss is used as a beauty
epithet as in “sun-kissed”
and it is certainly used in
ceremonies of respect
wherein one kisses both cheeks
in greeting someone in many
enlightened European spots
or kisses someone’s ring
as a sign of fealty

But let’s get at the real fun stuff
swapping spit, tongues,
heavy breathing —
that’s the real turn on
and it is often the prelude
to better things

Then there is the pejorative
function of the word as in
kiss my Royal Canadian arse*

But let us leave this revery
bathed in sweetness and light
a kiss is a sweet experience
that can often tell you
soft* wondrous secrets
that lead you further
into the realms of fulfilment
than can dreams . . .


*arse: Philology III
*soft: Philology I

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