The power of touch

Essential as sunlight, human touch
is the sole language of compassion,
more nuanced and sophisticated
than speech and gesture
and more economic to boot,
as attested in the womb as in old age,
as no age has ever ignored or discounted.
To the hunger of human touch, wealth,
banquet and stethoscope, are mere husk ,


unlike a sweet smile, soft words ,listening ear,
a pat on the back, a caress of the arms
that soothe the whole person and make you
an extension of all the lives you have touched.
Human touch ,pregnant with the earth, the time
and the measureless ,never hurts ,being in itself,
the core emotion behind the creation
of unique human experiences-be it tool use,
pain therapy, sex ,kiss, genes, cells or

neural circuit. The first emotional touch
and being touched by our mother, and
death-bed touch ,renews the ultimate memory
of selfless love which stays with us life-long. It's not just
babies, the sick and the socially starved
who need to be touched or just doctors and nurses,
are needed to extend it but it's all of us
who need connection ,need to receive it and need to give it,
to mutually strengthen the universe of our emotional life.





Poetry by yoonoos peerbocus
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Written on 2021-02-23 at 13:24

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josephus The PoetBay support member heart!
Touch is so achingly absent in this awful pandemic. I miss it greatly. Youíve addressed itís need and benefits here beautifully.
2021-02-23