Kissing comes with just one instruction- "No Over-thinking Permitted"
Why do so many lips return to confinement rather than risk meeting?
- Hard labor- antiseptic air kisses that should be arrested and charged with "impersonating a kiss"
- Hard labor- sterile obligatory kisses on the cheek or, inappropriately, the lips
- Hard labor- lying, reassuring, "of-course-we-are-still-in-love" kisses
You stand beneath it, unselfconscious, unhesitant. You await me,
hands clasped behind, eyes closed, lips parted.
Your stillness quiets me even as your heat draws me. Our lips fulfill the promise of mistletoe and of love.