"Why Kissing Differs," an American Sonnet of cultural review


A New American Sonnet

I simply for the life of me can never understand

why kissing differs so from land to land, and hand to hand.

The reddish lips remain in roughly the same vacant space

somewhere above the chin below the middle of one's face,

the purpose still expressing without hesitation one's desire

to set another person's restless heart and mind and soul on fire

and motivate in them some semblance of re-cip-ro-cal desire

amidst the smoul-der-ing re-main-ing embers of their youthful fire.

Results of kissing lips do not for long remain obscure,

for love-sickness has never found a scientific cure,

and soon rampaging raging fires burn everything in sight

consuming other villagers with fright -- to their delight.

So why does kissing differ so from land to land, and hand to hand?

I guess I'll have to get some more of it to truly understand.

Villa Park, Illinois
"Where is my NY Times so I can see what day this is?"
Oh, Friday, October 11, 2013

by Max Havlick, a simple cultural
historian, M.A., with happy sting,
who hopes to live beyond the publishing
of this new sonnet's message short and sweet
to see tomorrow a new happy day
full of good health and new desire, complete
with many fresh new kisses on the way.

P.S. Remember, friends,
"If it isn't fun,
it cannot be done!"


Copyright (c) 2013 by The Max Havlick School, 16 W. Vermont St., Villa Park, Illinois 60181-1938, all rights reserved.

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ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

Having never traveled to many different lands

I do not know why kissing would vary from land to land

And while I am no expert on kissing

I still can say that even the simplest of kisses

Can make one sway

Set one on fire

I suppose as you point out

Practice is the surest way

If one is in doubt

As to why some kisses

Makes one pucker

Makes one pout

Though I must say

While kisses can be sweet

And elevate desire

Just holding hands

Is still a powerful way

To set one on fire

Wishing you a Wonderful Weekend with Lots of Fun,


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jhamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

A fun sonnet about an activity that I know I enjoy! Jamie

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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

New sonnets inspired by your style coming soon. thank you

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Max Havlick 3 years ago from Villa Park, Illinois Author

Thank you for sticking with me, Jamie, Martin, Kim.

As long as you are kissing,

or even want a kiss,

you know that you are living,

which no one wants to miss.


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