Six Feet Apart (Diamond Etheree)

 

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I
woke up
bewildered,
baffled, perplexed
upon the world and
beyond, the love we knew
is to hug,  touch lovingly
lean in, hold and make eye contact
a little bit closer builds affection
fondness, attachment, and besottedness
love, in itself, is already tricky
actions, endearments, simplify it
how is love now? six feet apart?
like the Hollywood movie?
will meter stick be part
along with the mask
new normal fad
I love you, six
feet away
dear?

Published by michnavs

Philippine-born Michelle Navajas, currently residing in Malaysia. Michelle authored the book “After – Rain Skies: A Million Stars” for PWW during their Million Stars campaign. Graduated with a Master of Education majoring in English in the Philippines, Michelle was a former college professor, teaching literature, speech & oral communication, creative writing, drama, and theatre arts. Michelle is active in her writing profession and works as a freelance creative writer. Michelle passionately blogs at www.michnavs.wordpress.com, where you can find her prose and poetry on love, life, motherhood, and her advocacy on abuse and violence. A published author on Spillwords NYC https://spillwords.com/what-if-snowflakes-dont-fall-in-winter/ Her poem “Again” is published on three platforms, on MEDIUM -an International Writers and Readers Space, AFRICA WRITERS CARAVAN, and at WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS. kindly go check the following links –https://womawordsliterarypress.home.blog/2020/06/29/imagining-life-after-the-ravaging-virulent-covid-19-pandemic-a-special-journal/ –https://personalitiesofinspiration.wordpress.com/2020/06/29/imagining-life-after-covid-19-a-womawords-june-edition/

71 thoughts on “Six Feet Apart (Diamond Etheree)

  1. Love this! And yeah I read the book Five Feet Apart instead of watching the movie. It’s pretty scary to think that six feet apart could be our new normal….

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  2. it does put a different perspective on it Mich but I know you will manage!

    As I’m not a huggy person, except Carolyn online, I’m quite comfortable with the new distance rule. But honestly does any supermarket aisle allow for that? None here I assure you 🙂

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      1. not at all … they engaged in discussions but our PM said we need to open our state borders first. Kiwis usually flock here for our free public health care! So he’s trying to delay that.

        My younger brother and his wife are over there on her family farm … we all landed in the place right for us!

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      2. Ohh i see….because in Asia none so far has opened its boundaries yet and back home..ahhhhh its more chaotic than it was already especially in the big cities.

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  3. beautifully shaped poem Mich. and your words are so meaningful to me. we have a new normal, don;t like the sound of it but we must practice, like starting a new school. so much has changed in such a short space of time yet I am still the same person. Like trying to fit in a wrong jigsaw space. Just a little while longer and am sure you will be with your girls. You can hug them tight after 14 days!!

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    1. Ohhh thank you Gina….we were actually discussing the fact that no one probably has ever thought that we would witness in our lifetime the closure of malls and restsurants…my eldest was saying i left KL with few pieces of clothes in my luggage cos i was hoping to back in just few days..and just after she landed home…things went on a 360 turn around..

      Keep safe and my love and prayers for you and your lovely trio.

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      1. yes i all so bizarre. but they are adapting and we will too. also beginning to fully appreciate what is necessary and what is not. many things are so temporary, we just need the important things now

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      2. I agree Gina..if this pandemic has taught me one thing that is to prioritize..normally as a mom we thought we can always juggle from one obligation to another but this pandemic has taught to me just choose one at a time

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  4. We are all closed down as well, and can’t even have a family member in our homes. Can’t hug my sister who is grieving my mom and lives alone with mom’s ashes! I do agree with the lockdown though, as it will hopefully save lives. But oh so hard at the moment.

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  5. Wow, I love the reference to six feet apart – I never thought of how that movie could reflect our lives right now….it’s so bizarre to think of it that way! This poem is so beautifully written that it makes me long for human touch and interaction so much 🥺 Luckily, though, school for me is reopening on the 25th, but only for half days! Kind of nervous but excited because I’ve been getting too used to this new kind of normal!

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  6. I love reading each of your comments and learning. Kate is right that no supermarket aisles have the social distancing distance. I stay 1 meter away from whoever is in the aisle though. Lil Red Dot is planning to open on 2 June. Essential travel will also open. 12 May barbers, hair salon, TCM accupuncturists can open with cake shops, dessert stalls etc. I wonder if it is wise as we are having more than 20,000 cases now. 758 new cases today.

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    1. Ohhh dear GH i too am also worried if any of us will ever be ready for the reopening. I watch from the news that your little red dot’s covid cases is indeed close to 20k and that is scary…
      Take care in there GH along with your parents..😊

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  7. This is perfectly written verse, Mich at these times when we have to keep a safe distance and love and send kisses or hugs but none can touch each other. Where has our love gone. Sad but have to keep distance. Too good poem.

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  8. Timely, relatable, great poem…shape and message, SweetMich! And wonderful comparison to the movie.
    Another of the MANY reasons all of this related to COVID19 is so sad is people need kind gentle touches, even if they don’t think they do. It’s is a part of how we survive emotionally and physically. Studies have proven that even with their other needs completely met, babies in orphanages can die from lack of touch.
    (((HUGS)))

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    1. I agree with you Carolyn..touch is very important ….you know this feeling when you are in trouble and one doesnt even have to say a word, a hug or a tap on your shoulder is enough to convey a message that you are loved and you will be okay.
      I remember back when the kids were babies i’d give them a baby massage when they are restless and the best sleep always for them is when i sleep beside them.

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  9. This poem! I can feel the ache in the empty arms! We all need physical contact – a touch, a hug, that little kiss hello/goodbye. But this pandemic has brought us into the no touch zone. And I agree that it has also made a firm delineation of the want from the need and the frivolous and the essential. This has been an eye opener for many younger people who have relied on dining out instead of learning to cook…

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    1. Thank you Val for adding your thoughts here… this pandemic has indeed made us see things differently..and i love that you made mention of the young people who relied on dine out or take our foods intead of cooking. I am sure many learned to cook by now..😊

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  10. Delightfully done! Touching is SO important, and six feet away blowing kisses does not do it. How I can’t wait until I can hug and hug and hug my kids and grandkids again. ❤

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  11. So true – we were not meant to be far apart from each other, that’s why so much of our inventions are meant to bring people physically/emotionally closer together. I totally get the disconcerting and discombobulating feeling – being 6 feet apart is not normal!

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