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Jane Williams

In Issue 4 on October 31, 2009 at 7:52 am

First Kiss

That first kiss ruined us for the rest,
all the willing near drownings in tongues –
how we long for that life giving breath.

The frantic heart seeks sweet arrest,
shaping each lover into The One.
That first kiss ruined us for the rest.

Each new romance a nostalgic quest;
flights of the faithful into the sun.
How we long for that life giving breath,

for more than good natured second bests.
A chance reunion brings us undone –
that first kiss ruined us for the rest.

It is not enough – the word made flesh.
Love, a trick of the light of the moon.
How we long for that life giving breath.

The soul’s dark night invoking what’s left;
a skin of prayer across memory’s drum.
That first kiss ruined us for the rest,
how we long for its life giving breath.


Jane Williams is an Australian poet living in Tasmania. She is the author of three collections of poems and one of short stories.

http://www.janewilliams.wordpress.com


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