Smith Family Hug
I joke with the kids about my family hug,
practised and perfected over many a year.
Compare shouting Yes! to a half-arsed shrug,
think of the difference, you’ll get the idea.
First you must stand about two foot away,
lean into each other but don’t quite touch
then wrap your arms loosely around and say
something a bit cheery but not loving as such.
Dad was off to be operated on, full of fear
mum touched his arm and just muttered ‘goodbye’
yet there on her cheek ran a single tear,
which she dabbed with a ‘best get on’ sigh.