Portraits Poetry Series #61: The Last Kiss


In case you haven’t been here before, I love writing prompts – whether a list of words, one word, or even an image.  With these posts, I have written poems specifically about paintings and I hope, with my words, you see the scene just as visibly in your heart and mind as if you had seen the image itself.


Portraits Series
He leaned in closer
pressed his lips
to her hands
and sighed
deep and sorrowful
you could hear the pain
he tried to hide
not for fear
of looking foolish
but he wanted
to savor
these last moments
breathe them in
and hold them close
to his heart.
Later, and alone
he would mourn her
mourn the reason for his days
the woman who had held his hand
all these years
who had crafted
his heart
He held her hands thoughtfully
hers were soft and gentle hands
now, devoid of life
but before
they were his life’s purpose
for his heart delighted
at the thought of her touch
her smile
her scent
his face nestled
in the crook of her neck
inhaling deep
he sometimes wondered
at the cruelty of all this
loss –
his loss
her remembered scent
now losing shape
and he wondered how
he’d be brave enough
to live beyond this last kiss.

(c) Sumyanna 2016


6 Comments Add yours

  1. I love the line about the woman “who had crafted his heart.” How eloquent.

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    1. Sumyanna says:

      Thank you very much. We always hope we do 🙂 I think growing old together, we help mold one another (and hopefully in good ways) 🙂

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      1. That’s a beautiful interpretation of marriage

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  2. leigha66 says:

    So sad… wonderfully written!

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    1. Sumyanna says:

      I know 😦 However, I can’t help but think that this is the type of love we all wish we had… Thank you!

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      1. leigha66 says:

        You’re welcome.

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