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Poetry of Issue #8        Page 74

The World Shut Down Its Hugs

Three months ago corona struck
the world shut down its hugs

the edict is six feet apart
the world shut down its hugs

everyone must wear a mask
the world shut down its hugs

even if you’re lonely
the world shut down its hugs

I gaze longingly at grandkids
I’m not allowed to hug

its social isolation
a world without its hugs

and mental hibernation
the world shut down its hugs.

  Pam Laskin