The Prosody of Kissing

It is human folly to love you

when there are fifty ways to leave a woman
when there are children getting killed
and women getting raped
when I am becoming impotent as I become aged
when Christ has been forced to re-ascend the cross
when we are getting ready for Armageddon
when you are getting old
when you are not worth loving
or deserving of my love
when slave labour and child abuse is rampant
when, when, when, when…

But like a child who squats on the street
playing marbles in the dirt
who loves those colourless round glass balls
and the colourful patterns he sees inside
who loves the patterns inside
his toy kaleidoscope
I run my tired fingers through your hair
and brush your lips softly with my lips
and see you melt at my soft gaze
and stretch in pure, womanly, wanton pleasure
I fiddle with you in a warm embrace for a moment of loving leisure
to soothe away the fact that you too are aging
and to get rid off my many sorrows
to forget the world that will not listen to my voice
and change for the better
as they never did to others
much better, who came before me…

So hold your tongue and let me too love
and kiss you fully on your lips
as if you are still two and twenty
and let’s try to become immortal lovers
Beautiful to me you still are, lady
and poetry assuages any fault there may be in you
There may be fifty ways to leave a woman
and I may be clearly turning impotent
and all around us is mayhem and destruction
plunder, pillage, carnage and umbrage
but what does it matter
as long as I can
kiss you and forget all
for a few moments
and extend those moments
to write my poems…

It matters nothing
Nothing else matters
Makes life worth living
Love is the sweet wine
that will, forever
keeps things flowing
young, green and growing
Let the killers kill
We will sing
long live love
and keep on kissing.

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Dr A.V. Koshy is presently working as Assistant Professor in Dept. of English, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Jazan University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He has authored or co-authored seven or eight books of poetry, theory and criticism. He is an editor and anthologist. He is also a distinguished teacher of the English language and literature and a critic, with a Ph.D in modern poetry, specifically Samuel Beckett's poems in English. He was a Pushcart Prize nominee for poetry in 2012 and his book Art of Poetry was selected as Best Reads 2012 by Butterfly and the Bee. He has been editor's pick on Camel Saloon thrice and poet of the month thrice in Destiny Poets UK besides often having his poems appear in the highly selected category. Has other international awards, diplomas and certificates to his credit too.

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