how did it come to this
it started with a kiss?

a kiss to end as one
means to go on
(neither thin-lipped nor sloppy
nor short-lived, or cloying)
an instant’s lip-service
signing a lifetime sentence.

Love is: pre-packaged. in
airport novels, cinema screens
photo-shopped and force-fed
until we are bursting at the seams.

it will always come to this
it starts, and must start,
with that kiss:

happier endings come
from a room of one’s own
one’s hand
between one’s own legs.