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Pandemic Love Contained

As a poet, therapist, and observer of human behavior, Janis has a keen awareness of what makes people tick and behave the way they do.

Dreams of Real Love Feed Our Fantasies

Our desire for human touch leaves us drunk with fantasies as we cope with isolation.

Our desire for human touch leaves us drunk with fantasies as we cope with isolation.

Love Contained

Unrequited love

Triggered by uncertainty

We wait no more

For tenuous tomorrows

There is only today

Our urgent unveiling

Explodes with passion

No more masks

Secret fantasies blur

Awakened abruptly

By the need for human touch

Missing the feel of hands

Longing for real love

During a pandemic

I have hardly anything in common with myself and should stand very quietly in a corner, content that I can breathe.

— Franz Kafka

Passionate Stares Ignite Desire

The need for human connection and need for touch heightens when a pandemic separates us indefinitely.

The need for human connection and need for touch heightens when a pandemic separates us indefinitely.

© 2020 Janis Leslie Evans

Comments

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on July 21, 2020:

Thanks, Audrey. I wish you safety and good health. Glad you liked the poem. Yes, this pandemic is surreal.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on July 21, 2020:

Your poem beautifully describes how hard it is to live without being hugged or touched. I'm a huggy type of person and miss the embrace of others.

In all my life, I would have never thought my world would come to this.

My best to you and stay safe.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on June 09, 2020:

No sense at all, Shauna. The world is upside down but we have to adjust as best we can. Thank you for your visit, glad you liked the poem.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on June 09, 2020:

Glad you liked it, great advice. Thank you for stopping by.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on June 09, 2020:

Janis, very succinctly put! We weren't meant to live without human touch. I was watching a video the other day and one line that really struck me hard was, "hugs and kisses have become weapons". What was once nurturing is now making us sick. What sense does that make??!

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on June 09, 2020:

A nice poem expressing the agony of emotional desires that are being deprived of due to the devil pandemic control on human beings.

But, I feel that one should listen to his heart and do whatever is mutually agreeable (though following some hygiene basics).

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on June 06, 2020:

You're welcome, Eric. I'm married, too, but I live through my clients and their experiences as well as my own when I write. Some people are finding ways (and the courage) to still hook up during this unprecedented time of isolation. Thanks for stopping by.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on June 06, 2020:

Thank you, Yves. Glad you liked it. What you share is so important about passion and safety. I appreciate your wisdom and visit.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on June 06, 2020:

Very true, John. We are only human. Thank for stopping by, appreciate your visits always.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on June 06, 2020:

Thank you for that, I really appreciate your comments.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on June 06, 2020:

Very nicely done. I live such a married life for long enough to have trouble relating. But I was exposed so I lived isolated in home for 14 days, kind of brutal, But me complaining is a joke compared to some.

Thank you for this thoughtful piece.

Yves on June 06, 2020:

A tough situation for responsible singles. If nothing else, perhaps this pandemic will help us to wait longer than many do....

There is always testing, but things can change within a day, I think.

More importantly, your poem captures our longing for passion and true intimacy.

If the passion isn't real, intimacy is pointless.

Just my philosophy.... but of course, we must always be cognizant of the importance of safety.

Well done, Janice.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on June 06, 2020:

Jan, your poem short poem describes well the situation of living for today as we don’t know what the future holds. Many will satisfy their passions at least if they have the opportunity. We can only handle so much self-isolation and lack of human contact.

schoolgirlforreal on June 06, 2020:

Very natural and normal. You gotta do what will keep you alive TODAY IN THIS MOMENT....not in months or years. Expresses what choices people are forced to make.

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