Give me a kiss before you leave me
And my imagination will feed my hungry heart
Leave me one thing before we part
A kiss to build a dream on
. . .
Give me your lips for just a moment
And my imagination will make that moment live
Give me what you alone can give
A kiss to build a dream on.
        Louis Armstrong (1951)

More Artful Romance

Kissing is a learned behaviour and considered a largely symbolic gesture in different cultures, to express affection, close acquaintance, salutations or subordination. The physical sensations are often of primary importance in romantic and sexual kissing which usually take longer. It is interesting to know that a 1-minute kiss burns about 26 calories. The longest recorded kiss took place in Tel Aviv, Israel, on April 5, 1999, between Karmit Tsubera and Dror Orpaz. It lasted 30 hours and 45 minutes (Wikipedia Article on Kiss). One episode of Ricki Lake TV talkshow, January 28, 2002, is claimed to include a kiss that took 30 hours, 59 minutes and 27 seconds ( The act of kissing has been seen in other primates. Canadian porcupines kiss one another on the lips.

** In the gospels, Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss, a subversive use of the kiss, as it is a symbol of affection.
** In the fairytale Sleeping Beauty, the Greek myth of Pygmalion and Galatea, and the movie Matrix, a romantic kiss is used to awaken or breathe life into a loved one.
** In Lady and the Tramp, while Lady and Tramp were both eating the end of a noodle at the same time, their lips end up touching.
** In the Frog Prince fairytale, a male is transformed from frog to the original prince by a romantic kiss.

The first kiss ever shown in a movie was in 1896. The movie, was called The Kiss. Before and after that, kissing has been the subject of many art works (see the ending of Cinema Paradiso). Here are some kisses to remember (click on images to see a larger version):

Auguste Rodin - Kiss - 1886 Francesco Hayez - Kiss - 1859 Gustav Klimt - Kiss - 1908 Jean Fragonard - Stolen Kiss - 1788 Khajuraho Temple - India
Kitagawa Utamaro - Lovers - 1788 Mahmoud Farshchian - Growth - 1992 Mark Chagall - First Kiss - 1961 MichelAngelo - Leda and Swan -1531 Antonio Canova - Amor and Psyche - 1793
Son of the Sheik - Rudolph Valentino & Vilma Banky - 1926 Adventures of Robin Hood - Errol Flynn & Olivia de Havilland - 1938 From Here to Eternity - Burt Lancaster & Deborah Kerr - 1953 Gone with the Wind - Clark Gable & Vivien Leigh- 1939 Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec - Kiss - 1892
Sabrina - Humphrey Bogart & Audrey Hepburn - 1954 Breakfast at Tiffany's - Audrey Hepburn & George Peppard - 1961 Spiderman - Tobey Maguire & Kirsten Dunst - 2002 VjDay Kiss - 1945 Lady and the Tramp - 1955

Wikipedia Article on Kiss