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Kissing the wall

Arja Salafranca - 2011-06-08

Untitled Document Kissing the wall

The woman’s face is unadorned,
slightly wrinkled. Her head is
covered in a pink and white scarf.
Zooming in, the camera watches the slightly pursed lips
as, oblivious to the world,
she tenderly inclines her head, eyes closed,
and, in an act of faith, kisses the wall.
In that instant she releases her longing
and the pain, the wall
a forgiving, deserving lover.
You can’t see her body,
only her passion as she leans in,
oblivious, lost
in the seal of her kiss.

‘Kissing the Wall’ first appeared in Isis X anthology, edited by Alan Kolski Horwitz Botsotso Publishing.