Carnal Kissing by Rahima Rice with music by Sameer Gupta
The Miracle Of Delight
Journalists are telling story after story about the COVID crisis and the devastating government policies of the past four years. This media coverage is vital. And yet, we’re more than pain. The part of us that feels joy also needs representation. Space to grow. I asked several writers for essays and meditations about delight. Delight, as in what it means to be a human experiencing it, in search of it, and even at odds with it. Each writer responded in a unique way and offered up a bright treasure. Their words are moving, vibrant, and necessary.
Read (or listen to Rahima read) this piece, set to the music of Sameer Gupta.
Kissing. The act of kissing. The art of kissing. This simple, arousing, sometimes messy act of intimacy is my most favorite connection to another person. Unlike the baby cheek kisses from my parents, pressing my lips to someone else stirs deep, unexpected emotion. My relationship with this person is suddenly transformed. We have crossed into a space I’ve only allowed certain people to live.Carnal Kissing | By Rahima Rice | The Miracle of Delight | The Daring
Playwright Rahima Rice muses on the pleasures of kissing, the doors a delightful kiss can open, and what this all means in the context of nurturing relationship — especially in the time of COVID.