All begins with eyes –
A quick softening of tissues around the mouth.
It progresses to light social pressure here and there
In the safe zones; a hint of firmness, of purpose:
The elbow, the upper arm – the small of the back,
As when taking your partner for the waltz.
In friendly reunion, a hug; (mwa!) a clash of faces
That each time lingers, leaving a powder-trail, a print;
Slips knowingly too near the (were they?) semi-parted lips.
And finally, two hands:
Accosted at first with feigned innocence,
Whoops, careful there! The step… the uneven ground.
Then, with ardent projection of the mysterious force
That might pass between two lovers, bind them ̶
Once no longer hastily retracted, a chimp-grin ̶