The Kiss by Stephen Dunn
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The Kiss Stephen Dunn, 1939
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The Kiss by Stephen Dunn

by gsa123

The Kiss

Stephen Dunn, 1939

She pressed her lips to mind.

—a typo

How many years I must have yearned

for someone’s lips against mind.

Pheromones, newly born, were floating

between us. There was hardly any air.

She kissed me again, reaching that place

that sends messages to toes and fingertips,

then all the way to something like home.

Some music was playing on its own.

Nothing like a woman who knows

to kiss the right thing at the right time,

then kisses the things she’s missed.

How had I ever settled for less?

I was thinking this is intelligence,

this is the wisest tongue

since the Oracle got into a Greek’s ear,

speaking sense. It’s the Good,

defining itself. I was out of my mind.

She was in. We married as soon as we could.

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