Touched

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: War and Military  |  House: Booksie Classic

A physical sensation, an appreciation, or simply a state of mind. Touch defines our human existence with every sense that we possess and even some we don’t even understand.

TOUCHED

By Al Garcia

A physical sensation, an appreciation, or simply a state of mind.  Touch defines our human existence with every sense that we possess and even some we don’t even understand.

We can feel the texture and the outline of all that lives and breathes, and all that stands before or behind, above or below.  We can perceive or feel that which has no outline or no form or soul.  We can even take a touch of criticism or sarcasm, or we can get a touch of the flu or completely lose touch with someone you knew. 

We can appreciate the touch of others as we view their creativeness or resourcefulness and commend them for having that “special touch.”  We can even thank someone for “touching” on a subject or an issue that no one wanted to bring up or talk about. 

But of all the touching and in all its forms, appearances or structures, the touch I will always preserve, hold and cherish most are the times during war, when a buddy would simply touch my arm, tap me on my back, place his arm on my shoulder or my back as a buddy often would, or when a buddy or a stranger in some remote and isolated post just shook my hand to say hello or goodbye.  For it was during these unexpected and reassuring touching that we felt the warmth and comfort of knowing we were not alone. 

And even now, when I feel alone, I recall my days of long ago, when a simple friendly touch on the shoulder, on the back, or even an ordinary handshake, could make me feel alive again. 


Submitted: May 24, 2021

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