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Yesterday

by Bri Craig 2 months ago in social commentary
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A poem celebrating the comfort of human connection

Yesterday
Photo by Jelleke Vanooteghem on Unsplash

Yesterday

I know that people are cruel and this world gets dark and lonely, but yesterday I was at a wedding and a child held my hand on the dance floor.

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I don't know why.

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I didn't know that child.

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Maybe she held on to keep her balance, maybe she mistook me for her mother, maybe she just needed guidance during the cha cha slide.

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Or maybe in that moment she realized that the world was indeed a scary and lonely place, so she grabbed my hand for comfort. The way a couple grabs each other's hands at the altar. The way we all as humans grab those closest to us and hold on for dear life.

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Or maybe in that moment, she realized that the world was the opposite of a scary place. Maybe the little one was just young enough to think that the hand of everyone still feels safe and warm. Even a stranger. Even me.

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Or maybe the girl grabbed my hand because she noticed that I needed someone to hold my hand. Maybe she saw through my smile and the sway of my hips. Maybe she saw all of it and reached out to comfort me.

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Because I know that people are cruel and this world gets dark and lonely,

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but yesterday when that child held my hand on the dance floor,

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I forgot.

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Bri Craig

Bri Craig (she/her) is a variety pack writer. She enjoys writing poetry, webcomic features, humor, short stories, and personal anecdotes. Basically, neither of us will ever know what will be posted next!

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  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarran2 months ago

    Gosh, your poem opened the waterworks in my eyes. This poem was so emotional and touching. I loved it so much!

  • Cathy holmes2 months ago

    Beautiful piece. Well done.

  • Babs Iverson2 months ago

    Lovely!!! Loved it!

  • Jordan Twiss2 months ago

    This is beautiful and so touching. I really enjoyed the format of this one. It's unique, almost narrative, and flows so nicely. Well done!

  • Heather Hubler2 months ago

    Oh I loved this :) So many wonderful ways to view that sweet little hand reaching out, and you explored them all so well. Great work!

  • Shane Harrington 2 months ago

    Nice

  • Angel Whelan2 months ago

    I love this! So heartfelt

  • Nick Graham2 months ago

    "Maybe the little one was just young enough to think that the hand of everyone still feels safe and warm." ugh, that part.... Poetry snaps.

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