Social Contact by Sarah Ritter

Photo credit – Helena Lopez

Sarah Ritter is a Straw Dog Writers Guild member from CT. In 2019, she published her first poetry collection: “Inspirations, Transformations and Revelations: A Poetic Expression of My Personal Journey.” Her poems have been published in the anthologies: “We Are Beat,” “Goddess,” “Connecticut Bards Northwest Poetry Review,” and “The Mondo.”

Social Contact

Firm greeting handshakes
Arms wrapped in affectionate hugs
Laced fingers while holding hands
High fives, low fives, fist bumps

The mischievous looks exchanged
Sparkles in another’s eyes
Uncompromised faces of sincerity
The curve of a genuine smile

The rumbles of laughter
The inflections in a voice
The arcs of tone changes
The hum of background noise

Sentimental gestures
Kisses hello and goodbye
Face to face conversations
Looking into each other’s eyes

It is all the small things
We all are beginning to miss
Previously taken for granted
But in their absence, we notice