An anonymous writer once said that “a kiss is something you cannot give without taking and cannot take without giving,” but I also believe that a first kiss can make or break a would-be relationship. And a picture does indeed say a thousand unspoken words; some of the best [now-famous] kisses in the last century have been captured on camera and on canvas:
Le Baiser de Hotel de Ville, Paris, by Robert Doesneau (1950)
V-J Day in Times Square, by Alfred Eisenstaedt (1945)
Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr, in From Here to Eternity (1953)
The Kiss, by Gustav Klimt (1907)
NOTE: The poetry in this article is the written work of Virginia Kahler-Anderson
“Two souls, two hearts joined.
Linked; thus working as one mind.
For ever wedded.”
“Arm in arm and cheek to cheek,
We’ll walk; we’ll sit, and talk the great mysteries of life,
And of the years now gone,
And laugh or cry of silly, wayward things we’ve said and done,
And, in the end, we will sleep together.”
“Through the laughter and the tears . . .
Every Moment was worth the memory . . .
Every Memory worth the moment . . .
Though there be riches in abundance, or poverty and despair,
Together . . . holding steadfast in the joining of our hearts.”
I believe that Daniel Heinsius said it best: “You may conquer with the sword, but you are conquered by a kiss.” (1580-1655)