A day late but I offer up a character study in honour of the most pointlessly commercial day of the year. It stemmed from a tweet that Jonathan Carroll (@jscarroll) that mentioned the word ‘philematologist’ and I ran from there. If you’re interested in off-beat, interesting quotes, pictures and links, I can strongly recommend following Jonathan Carroll on Twitter. If you haven’t read any of his books, I suggest dipping in to ‘Land of Laughs’.
He called himself a philematologist and for years had moved from girl to girl, formalising his investigation into the power of a kiss. Tentative first touches that sneaked hesitantly towards each other, unsure of their reception, inhibited by over-analysis. Shy and unobtrusive, they hid from their full potential. Then there were embraces that obeyed the laws of physics, tumbling into each other like opposing forces and billowing upwards, a mushroom cloud demolishing everything in their way, toxic particles settling like dust to wreak destruction years from the moment. Kisses filled with warmth, the comforting scent of a freshly baked muffin on the air, a crisp surface which he gently broke with his lips to reveal a warm, fragrant interior. He studied kisses of the evening, fruity and tannin-filled. He chased down kisses of the morning, the scent of dew on crisp air, brief clouds of breath escaping. Winter trysts, diamond-like snow crystals forming a fragile crust which breaks under pressure to reveal a cold underbelly. His favourites were the kisses of spring – young and green, they grew like buds burgeoning and straining until they unfurled, fresh and new, untouched. The kisses of springtime held the potential, unrealised, of great passions and wild affairs. He called himself a philematologist but she just called him ‘husband’, flawed and damaged but her own cross to bear.