The Kiss of Bliss

Greta Garbo playing Queen Christina
kisses her maiden Emma Sparre
on the lips. Some say that this
was the first lesbian kiss on screen.

Greta Garbo kissing Elizabeth Young
in Queen Christina (1933)
But that honor goes to Marlene Dietrich
in Morocco when clad in a tuxedo
and singing in a cabaret she kisses
a woman drinking there by surprise.

Marlene Dietrich kissing woman
in Morocco (1930)
When Mercedes de Acosta published
her Here Lies the Heart, she revealed
that both Garbo and Dietrich had been
her lovers as well as Isadora Duncan.

Mercedes de Acosta

Ah those kisses of bliss swirling
in her life of romantic desires came
to an end when she met Ramana who
taught her the bliss of "Know Thyself".

Mercedes 1938 India visit to
Ramana Maharshi (1879-1950)

— Peter Y. Chou
     Mountain View, 2-16-2011