Touch Me

by Anonymous [ NOT by Ben Best ]

(Note: This is one of only two pages on this website that is not by Ben Best. This is prose-poetry that does not rhyme or use purple prose, but achieves its effect purely through format and emotive words/images that move me deeply)

Touch me --- in secret places no one has reached before,
                 --- in silent places where words only interfere,
                 --- in sad places where only whispering makes sense.

Touch me --- in the morning when night still clings,
                 --- at midday when confusion crowds upon me,
                 --- at twilight as I begin again to know who I am,
                 --- in the evening when I see you and I hear you best of all.

Touch me --- like a child who will never have enough love,
                 --- for I am a girl who wants to be lost in your arms,
                                    a woman who has known enough pain to love,
                                    a mother who is strong enough to give.

Touch me --- in crowds when a single look says everything,
                 --- in solitude when it's too dark to even look,
                 --- in absence when I reach for you through time and miles.

Touch me --- when I ask,
                 --- when I'm afraid to ask.

Touch me --- with your lips,
                              your hands,
                              your words,
                              your presence in the room.

Touch me --- gently for I am fragile,
                 --- firmly for I am strong,
                 --- often for I am alone.


After several years of having this poem on my website, a reader informed me that the above poem was written by Suzanne Somers and is published in her book TOUCH ME, Nash Publishing Corporation, 1973 (which is out-of-print, but can be ordered from Amazon, which is what I did).

Everything printed above is part of the original poem, but this version is shorter. The anonymous person from whom I received the poem made some very judicious deletions, in my opinion, and I prefer this version as it stands.

                                  -- Ben Best