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Love in the Time of Coronavirus

My son, Cameron, a graduating senior at Belmont University, wrote this fun piece and gave me permission to share it with my readers.  I don’t know if he’s familiar with Gabriel Marquez’s novel “Love in the Time of Cholera,” but what I like about Cameron’s poem is that it’s 367 pages shorter, and it has a happier ending.  

 

Love in the Time of Coronavirus
–by Cameron Presson

 

I love the way you look at me,

suspiciously, 

wondering if my cheeks look red

or if it’s just the lighting.

 

I love the way you say my name,

muffled,

muzzled by the mask on your face

that I wish you’d take off.

 

I love the way you hold my hand,

gloved,

vinyl fingers that don’t feel like skin

because they aren’t.



I love the way you rub my back,

jagged,

with the stick you found in the yard

to keep me at a six-feet distance.

 

I love the way you walk with me,

separated,

on opposite sidewalks so that it’s impossible

to hear what you want to order for take-out.

 

I love the way you smile at me,

distracted,

as you smile past the camera

towards the Jimmy Johns delivery guy at the door.

 

Truly,

I wouldn’t change a thing.  

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Ramon Presson

Ramon Presson

Ramon Presson, PhD, is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Franklin, TN, and the author of several books. He has been a weekly newspaper columnist in the Nashville area for over a decade.

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