Dogs 2014

SMOOCHLESS
(10/17/14)


it had been
years
since my
ex-wife
kissed me
with any
passion

she had
developed
this overextended
pucker

severely flexing
her mouth muscles
to keep me
as far away
as possible

long gone
were the open
mouthed
tongue entanglements
of the past

since
the divorce
there have been
no
kissing opportunities
whatsoever

I am certainly
much
out of
practice

I wonder
at my ability
to still perform
the act

I test
the back
of my hand

feeling
rather foolish

feeling
very young
and very old
at the same
time

reinforcing
my singular
self image

there will
be
only one
more
kiss
for me