John F. McCullagh

(09/28/1954 / Flushing)

The Judas Kiss


A simple kiss upon your cheek,
A gentle, loving kiss.
Not amorous or passionate,
Not connoting love remiss.
Thirty years ago
we were an 'item' as they say.
I broke your heart
with my callousness
when, hurtfully, I strayed
I'm not proud that I hurt you.
Sad that it comes to this-
To kiss you like a stranger
feels like the Judas Kiss.

Submitted: Sunday, May 27, 2012
Edited: Sunday, May 27, 2012

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I meet my former lover in a social setting that demands a greeting

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