A Kiss

“What wouldst thou give”, the bard did quip,
“To savor yonder lady’s lips?
Wouldst thou give all, ‘til thou hadst none,
To join with hers, your lips, as one?”

“Wouldst thou pay much”, he asked again,
“To know that she forsook all men
To thou to always loyal be
And share her kiss eternally?”

“Willing to die?”, he did pressed on,
“To hear just once her lovers song,
Breathed out by sigh upon your lips?
Soft verses from her mouth do slip.”

“Mine kingdom then!” Oh laugh, thou bard.
“To answer you ‘tis not so hard.
I wouldst give all I’ve in mine hand.
I wouldst forsake then, all mine land.
The gold in yonder castle’s keep;
Mine treasures stored on high or deep.

They matter not to me a whit
If I shouldst live without that kiss
From her to whom mine heart doth pull.
Those lips so fragrant, soft and full
Are worth more than I’ll ever miss.
I wouldst give all for one sweet kiss.

David E. Dunham, March 2009

A Kiss

David Dunham

Overland Park, United States

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