I Wish I Had Kissed You

I wish I had kissed you
when we were children

When I was a boy
and you were a girl
and we were just
budding flowers
untrammeled
by the boots
of this world

I would have
I should have
Had I the nerve

I wish I had kissed you
when you fell for my friend

When we made the wrong choices
we needed to make
to lead us directly
to this point in time
so many
years
down the line

I would have
I should have
Had I the vision

I wish I had kissed you
when I had you
rapt in the kitchen
collecting every word
like precious jewels
and egging me
on
with your laughter

I would have
I should have
Had I the calm

I wish I had kissed you
this morning

When I opened my eyes
to the sunrise of your smile
and my body was warmed
by the beat
of your heart

I wish I were kissing you
now

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