Worth the Risk

I am not afraid of dying

It is the fear of loneliness that haunts my mind

Family disconnect is unacceptable for me

Visits and hugs are worth the risk

Embracing Covid with masked precaution

I’m pushed into the pool

It is sink or swim

Photo: Ruth Roth

Today at d’Verse, it is Quadrille Monday. We are to write a Quadrille of 44 words that includes the word embrace. This has been a long lonely year for many of us, not being able to socialize with friends and family like we used to do. Covid-19 is taking its toll around the world. One of the worst effects of Covid is the separation of families at the time of death. This to me is unacceptable, even with the risks involved. We have decided that connecting with family is worth the risk, and though infrequent, we get together from time to time. My poem today expresses that sentiment.

94 thoughts on “Worth the Risk

  1. It’s been everything you say, Dwight. The last time I gave my kids and their significant others big hugs was Mother’s Day out at the state park where we all met up. Human touch is not a frill, it is a necessity. I understand your choice ❤

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  2. A very moving post, Dwight. I can feel the love in the photo.

    I miss hugging my children and sisters (and friends!), but to me, the risk is that any of us could could spread the virus and cause others to become sick and possibly suffer long-term effects, and that is unacceptable to me and them. Hopefully, things will be better once more people are vaccinated.

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  3. Full of so much love and longing …. I can reach in and touch it. As a lady of 79 I am quite careful about protocols …. I also feel the need to hug the people I love and do from time to time ~ as carefully as possible.

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  4. Beautiful poem, Dwight! We all must weigh the risk that we are willing to accept. The conventional view is that it is OK to hug those in your own household. Wearing masks is a reasonable precaution.

    I believe that both hugging and not hugging can be expressions of love in this difficult situation. I am sure that my 93-year-old mother-in-law who is in an independent living, misses hugs from her children and grandchildren, especially since they are a family that always hugs and kisses a lot. ❤ Take care, Dwight

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  5. It’s hard, but it’s harder to be dead. Maybe I’m just used to not having family around; I’ve lived in a different country from them all my adult life, but knowing my children are okay is enough. I’m prepared to wait this out. They won’t come to see us because they’re afraid they might bring the virus with them, and I’m proud of them for that.

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  6. The courage of love transcends the wasteland of disconnect. Yes, worth the risk. In our state family could socialise, and friends could if you elected to house share from the beginning. So we’ve had a much gentler journey so far.

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  7. Many folks long before covid have been left berift of a cohesive community or family which started with the industrial revolution and continued/worsened as the American culture became synonymous with the trivial, aimless, and consumerist. More folks now more than ever need greater bonds to their families.

    It is nice to get away from it all and breathe in the cool crisp air, walk in the wintry woods, go sledding, skiing, etc. Folks are not meant to be quarantined /isolated in solitry confinemnt as a lab rat in a zoo/hamster cage its a prison sentence.

    Appreciate youh writing.

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