This is what life does
in the middle of
a global pandemic:
It places Temptation
right smack dab in my path.

Our eyes meet on Zoom.
And only days later,
we unmask our faces
for a safe-distanced chat.
There's no danger in that!

Laughter is shared,
vulnerability dared;
and although we are wary,
it begins to feel like
we might be a good pair?

This is what dating is
in a global pandemic:
a series of walks
through semi-shut-down towns,
barely anyone around,

A chance conversation
with an artist in her studio,
recalling a past when
those who were single
freely wandered and mingled.

We talk about families,
ex-lovers too,
and although the latter
feels tender, more raw,
it’s something we're willing to do.

This is what a
"night out at the movies”
looks like in a global pandemic:
I share my Zoom screen.
She’s watching too, but unseen.

The yearning to touch
is definitely there,
but how? When does one dare
make skin-to-skin contact
in a global pandemic?

In the "before times,”
I'd lean in, touch her hand,
link my arm into hers,
we'd hug warmly for “hi!"
and again for "good-bye."

Body talk, facial cues
are socially distanced,
beyond arm’s length and masked.
I’m too nervous to ask
if she's feeling it too.

Do I dare to declare
what is floating unsaid
between us? What if,
for her, there is nothing?
Am I willing to risk?

It takes guts and some faith
(Covid’s currencies of late)
to dive into romance.
It’s a different dance
in these times of the global pandemic.

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