A Breath Behind The Man Ahead

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We're only just a breath behind the man ahead;
we could reach out and touch him if we wanted
but it's the intimacy that we English dread,
a sense of loss of self with which we're haunted.
Why can't we kiss each other on the cheek
like continental types? Are we so blinded
by need to know someone more than a week
to greet, as we're not European minded?
A simple handshake is what we like best,
not such unseemly friendly hugs and kisses,
but, deep inside, are we not like the rest?
Is close companionship something we miss? Is
this the truth: We English aren't reserved
at all? It's just a myth that's been preserved.

Friday, June 22, 2012
Topic(s) of this poem: relationships
POET'S NOTES ABOUT THE POEM
Written in July 2011 - a wry look at the English and how remote we often are,
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COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Roseann Shawiak 14 August 2015

Excellently written, it may be so, after all even the English are human beings wanting to be loved for themselves! I found your poem enlightening! Thank you for sharing it. RoseAnn

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Valerie Dohren 22 June 2012

Very good poem, enjoyed reading.

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