It was a line of Adrian Henri's ,
"Of course I love you he said... and the response of the dumb to the post about the well spoofed Colorado practice of thumb whittling that sent me down the curiously dark alleyways of the body modification underworld.
His tongue in her cheek"
Apparently you can quite readily have your tongue slit - the tongue is divided from the tip toward the back of the tongue for about 3 to 5 cm (1-2 inches), according to patient preference. Dr. Lawrence Busino in Albany NY has apparently done more than any other doctor in North America
It's not a practice universally admired ,or approved even. Illinois state Rep.David Miller , a lawyer and a dentist, introduced a bill requiring tongue-splitting to be performed only for medical reasons and only by a doctor or dentist.(passed unanimously in the Illinois House and Senate).
Last summer, state lawmakers in Michigan narrowly defeated a similar bill. "Ultimately, it came down to an individual rights issue," says Tom Kochheiser, a spokesman for the Michigan Dental Association, which supported but did not introduce that state's unsuccessful measure. He says the association has no plans to pursue the issue further.
However the armed forces in the US have outlawed the practice, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina one airman had the tissue in his split tongue reopened and sewn back together in February to avoid being kicked out of the service.
If you don't like the above but would like more of Adrian (sadly no longer with us) ..
Love is feeling cold in the back of vans
Love is a funclub with only two fans
Love is walking holding paintstained hands
Love is fish and chips on winter nights
Love is blankets full of strange delights
Love is when you don't put out the light
Love is the presents in Christmas shops
Love is when you're feeling Top of the Pops
Love is what happens when the music stops
Love is white panties lying all forlorn
Love is pink nightdresses still slightly warm
Love is when you have to leave at dawn
Love is you and love is me
Love is prison and love is free
Love's what's there when you are away from me
Adrian loved poetry readings, especially to young people . Here he would mingle, especially with the pretty girls, and sell his books .. a memorable occasion when someone arrived proffering a dog eared and obviously well read copy of his "Wish You Were Here" .. "Ah ! .... an unsigned copy of my poems ..a bibliographical rarity"
Known principally as a poet he was an exceptionally talented painter... it is unlikely he would have had his tongue slit, despite the undoubted erotic possibilities it might afford.
PS : This is NOT a spoof.