Two Lips


You look so new tonight.

I remember those wild lips….that

I was frightened to kiss.




I’ve never listened to my fears

Passing by them, feeling

My triumph from meager beginnings

The medieval beginnings of us

Into an age of reason

Our passionate verse becoming

Sensible prose

Materializing into a lucid love




My fears have defeated me

Into states of wilted forms

Unable to stop the trampling

Nights of tears, the years

That can only be blamed upon myself

And the rigid forms of uncertainty

Established by a host of rules

Stretched out in never ending handwriting

Powerless to put the right words together


Our undoing?


I find it funny, that all I wanted

Was a calmness, a quietude

A place

Between your Anthropocene blankets

Use what literature we have

Sing as poets

Plot as fiction


And now,


You appear to me tonight

With your face fresh, blushed

Warmer than before

Almost feverish

I don’t know these familiar lips 

Perhaps, I never did

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36 Responses to Two Lips

  1. TalkaholicMe says:

    Oh this is so beautifully written.. seems like you digitize a kiss

    Liked by 2 people

  2. my valiant soul says:

    Good one

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Just Joan says:

    Young love is so different than mature love that has been crammed into a certain shape or form. Years later, you miss the freedom of how it used to flow, and find yourself looking into the familiar eyes (lips?) of a stranger.

    Liked by 3 people

  4. kratzworld says:

    This is beautifully written like a poet of the shakespearean era would write. I’m rendered speechless.!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Ibrahim Abdullah says:

    pwetty ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  6. flashlight batteries says:

    And the rigid forms of uncertainty
    Established by a host of rules
    Stretched out in never ending handwriting
    Powerless to put the right words together

    These lines are the ones that resonated with me. The lack of control in life can be so challenging.

    Liked by 4 people

  7. grimbeau says:

    …really ‘Like”

    Liked by 1 person

  8. So good! Was not expecting the bittersweet ending!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Alec says:

    Amazing words with such a poingent truth.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. blkkat49 says:

    The quake of anticipation. A desire not raging. Looking for that gentle kiss so full of familiar passion. Then the surprise. There is pleasure in newness, and safety when the new springs from the once familiar.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Frank Prem says:

    Elan, this is a lovely piece. Very nicely done.




  12. Gai says:

    What can be said that hasn’t been said already about this magnificent poem? Simply wonderful 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Robyn Haynes says:

    So very engaging! I loved the lines: Our passionate verse becoming Sensible prose

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Written with so much expertise. Beautiful 😊

    Liked by 3 people

  15. AkHanMusing says:

    A beautiful and exquisite read. Transports the reader into the heart of the words

    Liked by 2 people

  16. vivachange77 says:

    Elegant and lovely poetry.

    Liked by 2 people

  17. This is such a sexy poem; the images you conjure are so sensual, unique and thought-provoking. It’s delicious. 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  18. brenderomari says:

    Amaizing had flow on it 😊😊

    Liked by 2 people

  19. Speechless …………..


  20. Anthonyinuk says:

    This poem grows with reading and re-reading – deep!
    Like ‘Flashlight batteries’ above, I was drawn to the lines:
    ‘And the rigid forms of uncertainty
    Established by a host of rules
    Stretched out in never ending handwriting…’
    Thanks for your like and follow on my blog, I’m looking forward to reading more of yours.

    Liked by 1 person

  21. deliriumdayspoetry says:

    So carefully calculated. Each line an explosion of informed, unconfused passion. Deft and simple. Congratulations, Sir, you are an incredible writer.

    Liked by 2 people

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  23. wwwpalfitness says:

    Reblogged this on wwwpalfitness.


  24. Simply-Me says:

    Beautifully written.

    Liked by 2 people

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