Missed Kisses

he goes to kiss
the tiny labyrinth of her ear

up this close
he sees the scar
where she fell when she was ten

he tries to retrieve
the mistimed kiss
kisses her left nostril

'Ohhh...sorry! ' he says
'Ohhh...sorry! ' she says
the kiss...left...unkissed

by Dónall Dempsey

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