Why I Can’t Kiss You

This circle has no center, no radius, nor diameter

enlightened by a force that moves faster than the both of us

a universe salted with suns to stop the planets

from getting too close and imploding

destroying themselves with such a kiss.

No pressure,

but this is very much how I feel when I am close to you.


6 thoughts on “Why I Can’t Kiss You

  1. granbee

    Peter, I was reminded of the rapidly expanding universe business, without a center, as I read this poem. No wonder you couldn’t kiss her! I really admire the way you folded in so much truth about the forces ofl life swirling us near to each other, building up magnetisms, yet pulling us away and around and around again!

    1. cottonbombs Post author

      Rose! You’re right, it is hard to kiss someone when the universe is expanding. Still, we need our anchors and our sails to navigate through these crazy headwinds.

  2. Daisy Altug

    The way you write your feelings is so nice. I felt sorry for both of you. If you are feeling like that, probably her feelings are the same. I hope one day you can kiss her. In that time please write us what you felt.

    1. cottonbombs Post author

      Daisy! Thank you, I will keep writing you about everything I felt from every failed kiss to every moment of conception I ever have. Thank you for caring enough to read and write back!

    1. cottonbombs Post author

      Steven! Well played. Your four line poem competes with my longer poem like Babe Ruth still holds the home run record of 60, though, Maris hit 61 in 61. Maris had a few more kicks at the can. Also, I’m drunk, like Ruth, swinging for the fences, aiming for the ball in the heart of the plate.


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