And when the good times return again
we’ll meet for a beer or a well-made coffee.
We’ll visit the old shops and try on shoes or clothes
no longer having to guess size and style.
We’ll celebrate important events like births or deaths
with hugs and kisses and physical closeness.
We’ll travel to places we used to know, but have
almost forgotten, and savour warm, life-affirming air.
We’ll go dancing and enjoy the rhythm
of close encounters and delicious physicality.
We’ll stand in crowded places and welcome
their throbbing pulse and warm embrace.
We’ll walk the streets and bump into old friends
and marvel, once more, at how small the world really is.
We’ll sing to our heart’s content,
united in one, loud, harmonious voice.
And when the good times return again,
we’ll welcome them with open arms.