Back Off!

The earth’s population has topped seven billion
and sometimes it seems the entire human race
has scuttled decorum in favor of brazen
behavior, encroaching on personal space.

A minimum distance of twenty-four inches
is optimal reach between your nose and mine,
and terms of endearment addressed to a stranger
are certain to cross the proverbial line.

A sense of well being among one another
is crucial to healthy development.  Please
don’t stand in my bubble unless we’re embracing,
and don’t call me Baby unless you’re my squeeze.



2012 Mary Boren
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