Street

a Side Hug
a very practiced
Side Hug

nothing full on
nothing full force
nothing
                frontal

have we become
so afraid
so afraid of touch,
so afraid of flesh,

so afraid that
dirt or disease,
soil or stain, or
worst of all

C O L O U R
might transfer,
might infest,
might mar or mutilate

the perfection we
believe we already
are, that only a
Side Hug

is safe
only a
Side Hug
is permissible

or is the fear
of something else,
of something else
                                entirely.

are we afraid that,
moving beyond a
Side Hug,
crossing the border

into a land
of  flesh on flesh,
of skin on skin, an
animal world of

T O U C H,
are we afraid
we might go
mad with want,

mad with longing,
longing so deep,
longing so long
unfulfilled,  we might

F A L L
to the earth,
embracing and clawing,
clutching and tearing,

rending and writhing,
wriggling and wrestling
trying so hard to 
sate the un
                                satiable.

a Side Hug
yes
a Side Hug
is best; best

A L W A Y S

©sd rogers 18 september 2012

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