A Comforting Hug

I wrote this poem in 2012 in the beautiful seaside township of Mandarah, Western Australia. It was at a time when public conversations were surfacing around what was appropriate and inappropriate touching in the workplace and public places. Now in 2021, giving someone a hug has been further removed from our culture, due to the pandemic. Now we give a safe comforting hug! Beverley Joy.

A Comforting HugPodcast


You look like you need

The gift of a hug

As loving arms around you wrap

Into familiar arms, relax.


Cry your tears, speak your mind

Ask ‘What if?’ And wonder ‘Why?’

‘If only I did this or that’

You say through tears of regret.


Let your pent up stress release

From your head to your feet

It’s Ok. Draw on their strength

For today you receive what tomorrow you give.


Just stay there a moment

Don’t think ‘What’s next?’

This hug is for you

A spontaneous gift.


You won’t be judged nor criticized

You won’t be given advice

On what’s wrong or right

Just simply stay and rest awhile.


A hug needs no words

It speaks through its touch

Calming despair, dispelling fear

Gives strength to face the coming week.


So, give a hug, take a hug

Ask nothing in return

For there is nothing to replace it

Because a hug is priceless.

Beverley Joy © 2012 of Simply Story Poetry

You can listen to all my poems on several podcast platforms here

Hug by Nathan Carter. Song written by Ben Sands 2003

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