In Our Hands


It was not all that long ago

When an offered hand

Was the measure of a man

And mutual respect did show


The pandemic hit fast

And bolstered our fear

Much less being near

Closeness now in the past


Oh, the simplest of things

The most common greeting

To people we are meeting

Steeped fear that it now brings


With our smiling eyes

We hope to convey

What our words cannot say

As bonding meets its demise


Staying safe we must do

But when times are such

That we avoid touch

I still have a hand for you


18 Responses to “In Our Hands”
  1. It seems we are in danger of losing any sense of humanity to our fellow beings since ways to “reach out” – a hug or just a smile – have been taken from us. Your words speak that though eloquently!

  2. beth says:

    so bittersweet, but the eyes have it

  3. kristianw84 says:

    Such a beautiful post. When all of this is over, I hope people will learn to appreciate the simple beauty of a stranger’s smile and a handshake when meeting someone new. I hope the make time to see extended family, long distance friends, and hold them just a little bit longer. The world needs that right now, but unfortunately…..
    Lovely poem, as always, my dear. ❤

  4. yassy says:

    Such a nice verse, Brad. Thank you for that comforting last line..

  5. jupitergrant says:

    Lovely, Brad, and so true 🌹

  6. jonicaggiano says:

    What a beautiful poem my friend. It is an such important reminder to our world.

    These words are so tender and stunning Brad.

    “Staying safe we must do

    But when times are such

    That we avoid touch

    I still have a hand for you”

    Lovely my dear friend. I have heard from many bloggers how affected they are by missing seeing smiles. This poem made me smile.

    Sending love, hugs and blessings my friend. Also a hundred virtual hugs but real ones from my heart. Love ya 😘💕❤️Joni

  7. Jim Borden says:

    wonderful tribute to such a simple and friendly gesture.

    I just shook hands with someone the other day; I think it was the first time in a looong time. Felt good…

  8. petespringerauthor says:

    I certainly hope that at some point in the future, we can return to a time when we can hug a friend, share a high five or a fist bump with a buddy, and shake a stranger’s hand when we meet someone new.

  9. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    So true my friend, so true. And you’ve expressed it perfectly and directly but with such taste and art. Great poem my friend!

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