Lips I Would Kiss

When I go for a slow walk
up and down Geary Avenue
I screen all the women like
an amateur casting director.
Most are too tall and thin
or too short and sadly obese.
Nearly all faces are not pretty,
a downward cast to their mouths.
Unfortunately, most bodies I see
are aesthetically well below par.
I rarely see a face as delicate
as Claire Bloom or Liv Ulmann
with lips I would want to kiss.
Humphrey Bogart might wait
a long time before I found him
another perfect Lauren Bacall.

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Milton Ehrlich

Milton P. Ehrlich, Ph.D. is an 87-year-old psychologist. He is also a Korean War veteran who has published many poems in periodicals such as the “Wisconsin Review,” “Descant,” “Toronto Quarterly Review,” “London Grip,” “Vox Poetica,” Taj Mahal Review, “Red Wheelbarrow,” “Christian Science Monitor,” “Huffington Post,” and the “New York Times.

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