So what about it?
Would you dare?
How about that person on the street,
lost in their tunes. Maybe that old lady
mincing her way to market. Or the kid
with dreads and attitude. Maybe
the buttoned-up businessman.
Would his tie go askew with a kiss?
Would the world shimmy sideways?
Some folks are comfortable with kissing.
You can tell. Their mouths are set
just off-center. Not a smirk exactly,
but like they’ve got a secret (and probably
Those aren’t the ones who need a kiss.
It’s the mouths set in a grim line,
the guarded eyes with a beaten dog
behind them, the ones with clenched fists
and stiff walks, the furtive ones with a coat
hiding their soul.
Walk up as if to pass, then wham!
Lay one on them. Full on the lips.
Then skip away quick, turn back
to grin, to see the jolt, the slow smile,
the sudden allegiance to the human race.