In movies, in art, and in song a kiss is still a kiss… as in the theme to Cassablanca (below), As Time Goes By.
Sometimes it’s captured for all the world to see and remember like the sailor kissing a nurse on VJ Day in Time Square, New York, NY (42nd and Broadway). And the kiss becomes iconic – a representation of something else – freedom from war, freedom from fear, freedom to love again without fear that the one you love will catch an enemy bullet on some distant field.
- The stepmother’s kiss (infinitely cold)
- The child’s kiss (infinitely warm and sincere)
- The kiss of new love (tentative, hopeful)
- The Judas kiss (a kiss of betrayal)
- The kiss of long standing love (devoid of much passion but meaningful in its intent)
- The Christmas kiss (trapped under mistletoe)
- The European kiss (pro-forma greeting)
- The passionate kiss (all-consuming lust)
- The Vampire’s kiss (an ulterior motive)
But it’s rarely JUST a kiss.