too too much (or as my daughter says, extra)

13 Apr

In days of distancing,

my body still

leans in.

Even though the space

is not breached,

I bridge the gap.

Forgive me

as I wonder

about you

at the edge of your shell,

counting the rings,

rolling you over,

tapping your belly

with a stick.

It is no use to tone it down;

the desire is too strong in

the ease of shared moments

while this body

at this time

today, every cell tingling alive-

breathing easy!

For us all.

My reach is forming still

in the field where we meet

beyond any possible harm

except love, that destroyer,


by any contagion.

Bless my forward heart

and join me as soon as you are able;

I’ll still be here,

grinning like the fool,

waiting–ready lava

here to there

magma joy joining us.

Found we are in sameness



into motion

in these hands.

11 Responses to “too too much (or as my daughter says, extra)”

  1. walkingquestionmark360 April 13, 2020 at 10:28 am #

    Grinning with you.

    • marga t. April 13, 2020 at 9:12 pm #

      Couldn’t ask for better company. 🙂 Love as large as an ocean, larger!

  2. Just Joan April 13, 2020 at 3:48 pm #

    Marga, it is hard to be so close and not touch. I lean in, too, my body doing what it does instinctively. I took my mother-in-law some Easter food and desserts yesterday, left it on the back steps where she could retrieve it after I’d gone. She stood at the screen door, watching. She wanted me to stay and talk, so I sat down on a chair on the patio and we chatted from a distance of six feet. A very different experience than ZOOMing with my mom and sisters. When I got up to leave, my arms flew out, as if to hug her. Hers had done the same. We hugged the empty air, both wanting what we could not risk. Great poem. 🙂

    • marga t. April 14, 2020 at 3:19 pm #

      Our bodies know the truth, it seems to me, though meanwhile, I do feel some psychic reach is occurring into these gapping spaces. Maybe we can feel our way into that reach. (Sorry to go so woo:) So happy to know you are well and connecting with your loved ones. x m

  3. Andrea April 13, 2020 at 4:41 pm #

    Big love! I feel you!

    • marga t. April 14, 2020 at 3:20 pm #

      Big big love to you across the illusory space! Want to meet later for a dance party release in the space between? xx! 🙂 m

  4. kounselling May 5, 2020 at 11:06 am #

    subtle yet profound. thank you.
    beautifully woven.

    • marga t. May 10, 2020 at 1:01 pm #

      Thank you, K. So nice to meet you here!

  5. Miguel Clark Mallet May 25, 2020 at 1:13 pm #

    Is this what you and I have been doing for the past 30 years? Social distancing? It’s not the same as seeing you face to face. But somehow, I feel we’ve managed to close much of the distance by simply not minding the gap.

    • marga t. June 12, 2020 at 12:44 pm #

      oh, i like that. we hover between worlds, it feels to me.

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