Abrazo is the word for hug in Spanish.
Brazos is the word for arms.
Carrying arms, calm arms, crazy arms wrapping around you.
Daring to love you.
Even just for a moment’s greeting.
Fleeting and quick or perhaps, at times, longer.
Grab you out of your own space and world, no, that’s not the type of hug I’m talking about.
Hopeful, held, healing, those are the embraces I speak of.
I miss the casual abrazos from acquaintances.
Lovely, put you at ease, hugs.
Make you feel like you know each other, trust each other, at least a little.
Not awkward, but a simple greeting.
Or hugs of friends that might linger, like you’re holding onto something precious.
Perhaps love, a caring, an importance.
Quiet, unspoken, the work of brazos.
Reaching arms, reaching for you, for me, reaching love, reaching.
Under the sky we have all been hurt beneath, the same sun, the same moon.
Volumes of possibility.
Where we all feel closer, safer, stronger.
Xerox copies of hugs seem like all I have right now.
Yearning, I swear, I yearn for that closeness.
Zero hugs from friends, zero from acquaintances, zero is too few and yes, I miss them without having known I would have.