how we hug

 

he hugs me with a gap of two and a half meters,
as if to keep us both from hurting each other —
the slight embrace becomes a star-filled cleft
where we have shared eggshell dreams & thick-
hard seeds of pain, that have seen many trees
shed their leaves in the last(first) circuitous seal
of the earth in an all-evasive-expanding space.

she hugs me in a sudden jerk of the arms that
connect in prompt patterns, overcompensating
for the years we did not care to know the other —
this proximate touch is a meteor hurtling towards
the ground but disintegrating on the way, we have
held those sweaty hands as an adhesive for our
obvious choice to find peace in this orb-like space.

i have hugged them with a mark of disobedience
towards the yields of my isolation, with a rigorous
demand to perform the proverbial need for human-
connection, as if an entanglement of network-wires,
i have figured out that the way to my consolation
&satisfaction is to suggest&seek all i desire, to know
sums of my matter, the auguries of my life-space.

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© Anmol Arora

Day 26
(Inter)National Poetry Month

8 thoughts on “how we hug

  1. sanaarizvi says:

    This is the most beautiful and painstakingly honest poem I have ever read, Anmol! ❤️ A hug signifies so much! It is literally an indication of how the other person feels about us and I can sense that in your words .. especially in the contrasts between, “the slight embrace becomes a star-filled cleft where we have shared eggshell dreams & thick-hard seeds of pain,” and “she hugs me in a sudden jerk of the arms that connect in prompt patterns, overcompensating for the years we did not care to know the other.”

    There are silent words exchanged between two people when they hug each other .. a sort of mental understanding forms .. which determines the course of their friendship. And then you floored me with the concluding lines; “i have figured out that the way to my consolation & satisfaction is to suggest&seek all i desire,” that is very powerful and poignant in its self-realization.❤️ Arz kia hai …

    “Kahan tak sunegi raat kahan tak sunayenge hum,
    Shikwey saarey sabb aaj tere rubaruu karain..”

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  2. Kerry says:

    i have hugged them with a mark of disobedience..

    I most remarkable poem about affiliations, love and obedience. It is a poignant and honest piece of writing which I find truly touching.

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  3. Kestril Trueseeker says:

    I know there is a quote ascribed to some tea master or another about how we reveal ourselves in the small things. I love how these hugs lay bare all of the history between the parties involved and are reciprocated with the same spirit of candor and affection. Such a simple common gesture, but able to hold so much.

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  4. Sherry Marr says:

    Am having trouble leaving a comment again…….the type of hug says so much, and you have interpreted them so well. Remarkable writing. I especially love “the slight embrace becomes a star-filled cleft where we have shared eggshell dreams & thick-hard seeds of pain.”

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  5. Jim says:

    “He hugs me …”

    “She hugs me …”

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    “I have hugged them with a mark of disobedience
    towards the yields of my isolation, with a rigorous
    demand to perform the proverbial ‘need for human-
    connection …'”
    “The need for human connection ” here says to me that the writer is likely an animal, probably a PET needing adoption and now that has occurred. Overjoyed as pets often are, wildly now returns newfound love.
    If not a pet or like then the one in need might be someone confined, isolated, etc now enjoying human companionship.
    My choice is the pet.
    I enjoyed reading this and finding a riddle cleverly hidden. Either by design or by my misread.
    ..

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  6. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar says:

    I have an Aunt who hugs with such amazing ability that it fills you up. I measure all hugs by her sweet hold and tender voice. Her hugs are LOVE. I enjoyed this poem very much – the first lines of each stanza are amazing!

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