I pressed my lips to his
A kiss of stamen birthed to rising sun
Curves of bliss traverse landscapes
Painted, to match the flower
Enticing man to virgin breasts.
(c) A Hannan
The history of lipstick can be traced back as far as 5,000 years when semi-precious jewels, plants, ants and seaweed were used to colour the lips red, pink or deep brown. Its origins, although prone to contradictions, often undiscussed and unadmitted, were of an erotic manner. For thousands of years the mouth has been considered the most sensual part of a woman’s face and woman have relished in exploiting this power by decorating and enhancing, colouring the lips to match the labia. Although, lipstick is not merely seductive. Depending on the colour and shape of the lip line, lipstick is also a symbol of power, of sophistication, of rebellion, of courage, of optimism and more.
Note: The stamens in a flower are collectively called the androecium (from Greek andros oikia: man’s house)