A D V E R T I S E M E N T
“An Odyssey of Touch” is a small collection of haiku about E.M. Billington’s journey with physical touch, from being deprived of it, to gaining and losing it, to finding it again.

 

i.

cold hands and dry eyes

my family does not hug

unless saying bye

ii.

staple remover

pinch my skin under the desk

pain and some pleasure

iii.

music and candles

the hand under the covers

is always just mine

iv.

they call me robot

not understanding of love

i just smile and laugh

v.

sitting on the bus

your leather jacket on me

feels like paradise

vi.

after you have gone

i buy a leather jacket

reminds me of you

vii.

when i’m in college

i learn how to hug again

warmish and tearful

viii.

embrace long and tight

with a girl i just now met

never let me go.

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