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.
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
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