A gesture benign, soft, in intent
Both abnormal and normal, a vicarious sense
Malicious at times yet bittersweet
An intro to strangers as we meet.
A mutual trust, a gesture so human
a heartfelt contact all about reason
brutal betrayal, contemptuous treason
A touch so simple is always in season.
Saying hello, saying goodbye
Saying I’m with you until we die;
A pat on the shoulder, a tender embrace
The line of your tears upon your face –
eternally transcends gender and race.