As we soon will be entering the Christmas time of giving, I have re-recorded this poem which was one of the first poems I published on my new podcast back in April 2021. I recorded it at the beginning of the Covid 19 lockdown in my home town of Australia when hugs were not permitted. It was sad to publish it at that time, as I feared that the world would fall out of the habit of giving hugs.
But now that life is getting back to normal, well in Australia at least, I wanted to record it again fresh. It is good to see that we have not lost the desire to give hugs to each other. I hope and pray that this will be the case in the countries that are facing another winter of Covid breakouts because hugs that are given by someone who loves and cares for us, are priceless and important for our good health both physically and emotionally. Thank you to my regular reader and listeners who have supported me from my humble beginning. 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 or 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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