RANDOM BLANK VERSE FRAGMENTS ON KISSING AND LEXICOGRAPHICAL SEMANTICS
the english language seems to find the Kiss
an immature expression of affection.
when lovers hold each other with a passion,
they could Embrace or Hug or Cling together,
and when they wish to take it even further,
they Have Sex or Make Love or Sleep Together
(and other expressions of sundry stature).
but when two lovers wish to touch their lips,
the only way to say it is to Kiss.
what kind of person honestly Swaps Spit?
a Smooch sounds like a shaggy cartoon dog,
and Making Out is just this side of childish
while Smackeroos will not be tolerated.
there ought to be more pleasant words for Kiss.
the trouble is that Kiss is too inclusive:
a brother Kisses little sister’s head;
a european Kisses cheeks three times;
two lovers Kiss before, during, and after;
a dog leaves soggy sloppy dripping Kisses;
one word reflecting all shades of Affection.
friendKiss, cherishKiss, attractionKiss,
careKiss, likeKiss, loveKiss, passionKiss.
—April 23, 2012
My National Poetry Month Challenge