KISS (by jann castor, Sunday, March 26, 2000)

(to Isabelle)

wine needs a bottle
that holds it
and its perfection needs time.

a kiss is a gift only
when taken or given
with grace

a pearl renders in the sea
so does the tender gesture
in a fervent embrace

sweetness is to be given away
not thrown as a price of a bargain
at feet of your lover

all that follows
before the hour of pungency
and discord
amends the hour of love making

green eyes filled
with little drops of sadness
illustrious and humble

looked at me once

and this is why I wrote what I thought at that moment.