Autumn Sky Poetry . . . Number 19 . . .

The Kiss

     by Diane Sahms-Guarnieri
     after Gustav Klimt’s “The Kiss.” 1907-1908. Oil and gold leaf on canvas. Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria.

Ivy halos his hair.

Draped over her ankles

vines dangle like willow leaves

there is immortality here

entwined outwardly — inwardly

White as moonlight on limbs

she is kneeling-death beside him

corpse face, eyelids closed

wears a shoulder-less robe

with tangent circles, some red as poppies,

no beginnings — no endings

Coal-curly hair. He is centered.

Face, a hidden sunrise

rectangles on his heavy robe

strength upon pillar of strength

black — white: absence — presence

Below their waists: circles — rectangles

merge, patterns intermingling,

as if his rectangles were doors

her circles — knobs

shapes fitting together, into each other

harmonious as sun, moon

One of his hands supports her cheek

the other like a weathervane points

to the temple of her wisdom, where

embedded flowers encircle her thoughts

as his lips, light as fallen leaves,

press against her snow covered cheek

they have entered each other: they are air


Diane Sahms-Guarnieri of Philadelphia has won numerous awards for her poetry and has been published in literary anthologies and magazines including Philadelphia Stories, The Fox Chase Review, Many Mountains Moving, Mad Poets Review, Southern Ocean Review, and The Wilderness House Literary Review. She has served on the Philadelphia Stories Editorial Board and in 2009 signed on as poetry editor of The Fox Chase Review. Her first full length collection of poetry, Images of Being, is slated for release in November of 2011.


© 2010 Diane Sahms-Guarnieri