Pooja Nansi (b. 1981)
Since you Scoff When I Say you are the Best Kisser I've Ever Met
A kiss is not an invasion. It is not merely
an exploration. Some of the good kisses
I remember happened before you.
They were tall and dark and most of them,
handsome. Some knew a kiss was not a waltz
in the mouth, not a hungry, ravishing jaw
waiting to devour you up. Some taught me that a kiss
is not a test. It cannot patch up the leak in your heart.
Kissing you made me feel like I was a planet
orbiting around your anabolic warmth.
No string of gravity to hold me down
but falling always, towards the dark
of your opium tongue.
by Pooja Nansi
from Love is an Empty Barstool (2014)