Beyond Words

today I passed you

on the sidewalk

awkwardly

you looked at me

alarmed and fearful

I

immediately understood

your

true

feelings

deeply troubled and confused

we both

spoke with our eyes

desperately

trying to navigate

the raging sea

of face masks

all

s o c i a l l y d i s t a n c e d

self-censored

locked down

emotionally quarantined

deafening the silent chorus

of collective paranoia

imbued with a newfound sense

of self-serving designer moralism

how did they know

that

I secretly longed to cradle your cheeks

and kiss you tenderly?

please forgive me

I am weak and sadly human

not now

but maybe someday

we shall meet, once again

whole and alone

our bodies entwined

naked of fear

in a sacred, holy place

where

there is

no

darkness