First Kiss

Loud debate,
Drunken laughter,
And the clang
Of raised glasses
Filled the air.
From the lit ends
Of cigarettes,
Streams of smoke
Rose in ribbons
And culminated
In a fog cloud
That hung low
Over an unkempt bar.
Through the haze
I noticed you,
Looking back at me
From atop your stool.
You acknowledged
My surprised stare
With a nod of your head
And a tip of your bottle.
The object of
My obsession
For weeks,
There you were.
The breath fled
From my lungs
When you smiled
And silently
Beckoned me over.
Hastily,
I forced my way
Through the dense,
Relentless crowd.
You rewarded my quest
By placing your hand
Upon my back
And pulling me close.
You sheltered me
In the arms of
Your protective
Custody.
The heat of your hand
Burned into my soul,
Your mere proximity
Caused my heart
To miss a beat.
The din of
Our environs
Forced you close
As we spoke.
Nervous excitement
Consumed me
As I fixated
On your every word.
My gaze shifted
From your baby blues
To your satin lips
And back again.
Slowly your hand
Roamed down my back
Subtly drawing me
Into your orbit.
Anticipation
Muted the clamour
Until I could
Hear myself breathe.
The moments when
Our eyes locked
Lasted for an
Eternity.
Silent desire grew,
And time stopped.
The surrounding horde
Stood frozen.
You brought a
Hand to my face,
And delicately
Caressed my cheek.
You lowered your mouth,
Grazing mine
Just briefly
Before you pulled away.
Your expression
Begged my
Permission to proceed,
Your grasp on me
Demanded it.
My yearning turned
Frenzied rapture,
And I returned
My lips to yours.
Our hesitation
A distant memory
As tongues twisted
In exploration.
With disregard
To the forgotten masses,
We kissed
As though you and I
Were alone in
Your universe.
I felt immortal
In your embrace.
I could taste
Infinity
On your tongue.
If we had spent
An aeon there,
It would not have
Been long enough.
Love was set free
By a spontaneous kiss,
In a prosaic place where
Two souls became one.

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