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Those who know my in real life know that I receive and give affection through physical touch – especially hugs.  As I have battled my own emotional and relational losses over the past couple years, I have constantly said that I’m like a plant that is not receiving nourishment because I am not being held, or touched on a consistent basis.  Scientific evidence proves that humans do need touch like they need food and water.  

Touch is such a basic need that people easily forget it or do not see it as a separate distinct essential need. The hunger for touch is a real human need almost as important as food. And just as intimacy can be seen differently from love and sex, though they often combine the two, touch also is an activity in itself and can be a wholly satisfying experience as people who give and receive massage well know. (The Psychology of Touch, http://www.worldpsychology.info/World%20Psychology/VirtualPsyFiles/

My poem Wilt spoke to this need in my own life.  Here is another poem on this – as I really needed a friend yesterday and I spent some time just being held …. this is half ‘brain dump’ and half crafted – but I really hope that it can effectively express something that you can relate to. 


When we touch, my heart grows roots

Extending into your soul,

drawing sustenance from your essence.

Assimilating affirmation through osmosis,

Your touch feeds me.


My heart gorges on your love

Ingests enough to last the drought

caused by separation, too many lonely nights;

one too many pillow fights between me, myself and I –

a camel rehydrating before desert trek.


So, when we touch, I bury myself beneath your skin

Heart’s seed rests, begins germinating,

Reaching up towards the light reflecting in your eyes.

I am content until my reserve runs low,

And I return to feed again….

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43 thoughts on “HUG

  1. Oh man, I so feel this. I never could put into words how it feels inside snuggled up against that special ones skin and just bursting and overflowing with this joy and serenity. and the first line about growing roots, that is a perfect line, every word. LOVE THIS!

    I am a hugger too! =)



    Posted by Kellie Elmore | March 27, 2012, 8:17 PM
  2. This is just so gorgeous! I love the writing and I love how it makes me feel–


    Posted by AudreyHowitt (@AudreyHowitt) | March 27, 2012, 8:36 PM
  3. Hugs are clearly the best thing. Well, aside from puppies.

    A nice write here.


    Posted by skyraftwanderer | March 27, 2012, 8:47 PM
  4. this is def real man…there was a study i read of the molecular changes that take place when we touch…it promotes healing and health…and i def felt that in your verse as well…nicely done…


    Posted by brian miller | March 27, 2012, 11:44 PM
  5. One too many pillow fights…a’int that the truth! Needed this one today Poet…thank you!


    Posted by tashtoo | March 27, 2012, 11:47 PM
  6. I remember hearing about a study a few years ago that if a woman hugs someone for longer than 30 seconds, her body starts releasing the same hormones released during breast-feeding…they think it’s responsible for some kind of bonding mechanism. And that’s my random fact for the day 🙂

    Anyway, a great poem, I can feel both the warmth of the hugs and the cold of loneliness coursing through it. Very nicely done!!


    Posted by Mary Mansfield | March 28, 2012, 12:07 AM
    • warmth of the hugs and the cold of loneliness…. you hit the essence square on the head! Awesome 🙂

      More than 30 seconds… interesting…. I like that fact, random though it may be….

      *searching for someone to hug…*


      Posted by bajanpoet | March 28, 2012, 12:24 AM
  7. very lovely write my friend, contact, touch and affection are vitally important for our beings and you have given that need beautiful words and meaning in this piece. thanks for all the love, send you well and love ❤ ~ Rose


    Posted by C Rose | March 28, 2012, 1:42 AM
  8. O, this really touched me. And from one hugger to another, here’s a bone crusher…{{{{hugs}}}} Loved your poem!


    Posted by 1emeraldcity | March 28, 2012, 5:30 AM
  9. This is so interesting as it describes the hug not just from the love side (though that’s definitely there) but from the “needing to get something for myself” side–a more self-interested but extremely human side. All in the midst of the specific love of other–easy to relate to. K.


    Posted by ManicDdaily | March 28, 2012, 11:15 AM
    • Thanks K 🙂 Yes, you are right about that. It is about getting something that I need within the love of another – as you say, extremely human. Love is touted all about giving to the other partner – and there needs to be a lot of that in a healthy relationship… but if your needs are not being met, it is still not balanced. Interesting indeed! Glad you caught that!


      Posted by bajanpoet | March 28, 2012, 11:26 AM
  10. Obviously written from and with heart. Lovely.
    Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting – happy to have found you!


    Posted by Zouxzoux | March 28, 2012, 6:13 PM
  11. Ohhhhhh my dayzzzzz….. I love this, you are so talented…. When is your book coming out???


    Posted by TENESIA TERI~ANN | March 28, 2012, 6:45 PM
  12. Oooohhhhhh my dayzzzzzz…… You are so freakinggg talented!!! When is your book coming out dammit!!! Big loveee


    Posted by TENESIA TERI~ANN | March 28, 2012, 6:48 PM
  13. Awesome imagery, beautifully crafted *standing ovation*


    Posted by kimolisa | March 28, 2012, 10:22 PM
  14. Great lines here…So, when we touch, I bury myself beneath your skin

    Heart’s seed rests, begins germinating,

    Reaching up towards the light reflecting in your eyes……..so loving and sweet!


    Posted by ayala | March 28, 2012, 11:48 PM
  15. I love this. I so know this. That good solid embrace where you just hold on for a few moments and be there. Nothing sexual and even romantic, just be there with me. I say “with me” because a hug is a share symbiosis. I always hope that the other person is getting as much as I am receiving at that moment.


    Posted by Raivenne | March 29, 2012, 9:56 AM
  16. camel re hydrating is a nice image


    Posted by zongrik | March 30, 2012, 5:07 AM
  17. Touch really is so essential! Oh my gosh… this poem. I’m amazed. You really captured what it feels like to touch, to feel and to connect. ❤ it and sending hugs your way!


    Posted by Mikael | March 30, 2012, 4:21 PM
  18. Hey Bajanpoet! I loved this–every single word was just spectacular and beautiful. Oh, that a simple hug could bring forth such a wonderful and touching (no pun intended xD) work.



    Posted by Daphne | April 2, 2012, 1:02 PM
  19. The essence and the feel of the poem is very moving and true. I am sure you will have many hugs coming your way mann! Thanks for the great post! 🙂


    Posted by creativeboys | April 15, 2012, 5:25 AM


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