tagNon-Erotic PoetryYou Never Hugged Me

You Never Hugged Me


You never hugged me

as the crib slowly rocked
my arms outstretched
for the embrace returned to sender

You never hugged me

after my first piano recital
I was so innocent then
plump cheeks you prodded
and pinched

as squeals of laughter hid the pain

You never hugged me
at my college graduation
my path vague and unpaved
only a car honked in the distance

You never hugged me

when I became a man
timid and vulnerable
afraid to be touched
unworthy of affection

Was it the illness?
the constant pain
crippled body
torn inside out

Rejected as a child
you were teased and taunted
afraid of the darkness
always alone

Maybe you just need a hug
to be as complete
as I ought to be

Before the final darkness
the irregular breath
the skipped beat

take this hug


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