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Don’t stand too close to me

Let’s be sociable!
We must keep that distance –
Two metres at least or six feet.
Better yet, choose a nice spot
On the other side of the street.
Whatever you do;
Don’t stand too close to me.

Let’s be reasonable!
Do you have to breathe so loudly?
Better yet;
Don’t you dare sneeze, wheeze, sniffle or cough;
Cover your face.
Whatever!
Just don’t stand too close to me.

Let’s be responsible!
Leave my packages, my food at the door.
Better yet, go away,
Quickly, quietly.
Surely, you can’t expect old hellos
Let alone, a tip.
I know not where you’ve been
nor your circumstance.
Cut the chatter;
Better yet,
Silence is better.
Don’t you stand too close to me.

Let’s preserve friendship!
I can’t bear to be alone.
Give me a call; send me a text, or email.
My stomach growls for companionship;
my ears ache for platitudes and sparring banter;
since the cinema repossessed my living room;
a restaurant sprung up in my kitchen
and my garden doubles as The King’s Arm.

I need to get out and breathe
deep, wholesome breaths…
I crave company

but sorry…
I still can’t have you stand too close to me.

10 thoughts on “Don’t stand too close to me”

    1. Boy! This hits ti my core. I do not know how long i can live like this with the loss of physical human contact. I wonder if babies are being conceived?

    2. So true, we all in our own trapped situations. Isolated and alone.
      The only way is to have faith this too shall pass.

  1. Sebastian Moonjely

    beautifully penned..so true, so topical and so essential… your verse must resonate loud and clear to all that this is the new normal for some time to come…

  2. This aches. I guess this the new normal. I long to stand close to family and friends. This virtual reality is getting to me. Again a remarkable record of our reality.

  3. This speaks to the heart so much because you have vocalized how we are living in an era where all or most of our actions are unnaturally inhumane. We miss that companionship And socialization, that which warms the heart and keeps us sane but for the better good we can’t experience it the way we used to. God only knows how long this will last. Thank you for sharing Dr Issac.

  4. Our new norm. 2020 has turned out to be quite a year. I smile because some persons are actually happy not to have persons standing too close behind them in lines nor others shaking their hands.
    Our new norm expressed beautifully through words of poetry.
    Wonderfully done. Thank you for sharing Dr. Isaac!!

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