Rodin’s – The Kiss

Marbled perfection
Skin petrified white
Twisted embrace
Fused love’s desperation 
Seeking to be held
Before the gates of hell
Frozen kiss on stone cold lips
Blank eyes, forever shut
In unceasing penitential prayer
That love would re-ignite
And grant to a hardened heart
Redemption of human touch
Marbled beauty chiseled
To survive the heat of hell
Human beauty less permanent
Sags, withers, wrinkles
And leaves
Ashes at the gate of hell

The embracing couple depicted in the sculpture appeared originally as part of a group of reliefs decorating Rodin’s monumental bronze portal The Gates of Hell, commissioned for a planned museum of art in Paris.

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