A TOAST TO EACH KISS


Live gloriously without fear.
Do not worry the names of flowers
You shall never know. Refuse those
Who say you must
Meet each new day unsatisfied-
What do they understand of
The life well lived?

 

Dance till your soul aches
With lust unfulfilled. Drink 
A toast to each kiss
You've been denied. Feel
The sadness of looking
By-gone lovers in the eye,
Then wish them well

 

Based upon some moment shared
Five lifetimes ago.
Pluck out any splinters of malice
You may have saved. Bid them 
Godspeed, simply because. They are
What you are, an old long since
Long since gone by.