From the Vault: The Thumpin’ Boyhug

Expressions of affection
between men
can be awkward.
You don’t want to give
the wrong impression.

There’s a signal
that makes it clear
what the hugger’s intentions are.
Just combine the hug
with a sturdy pat on the back.

It’s the thumpin’ boyhug.
A product of masculinity.
If there’s no thumpin’,
it means there’s somethin’
goin’ on.

Bonus extra unasked-for authorial statement:

The title of this poem came from my former housemate Marky, who was quite the adept phrase-turner (as evidenced by his talent as a songwriter). After I wrote the poem I never again got a thumpin’ boyhug from either my dad or my brother. Changing the world one hug-style-influencing poem at a time, that’s me.


Poet. Author. Beard. Husband. Dad. Four chickens. Dog. Cat. I can sometimes fix my lawnmower.

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Posted in From the vaults, Not Quite the Man for the Job, poems, Published work
5 comments on “From the Vault: The Thumpin’ Boyhug
  1. Den says:

    I was there in that era and I too never again gave you a thumping hug! Or anyone else I really cared about. I’m a grip and hold hugger now.

  2. Larissa says:

    damn, i was really hoping to find an analysis! great poem, using it in a poetry exam tomorrow

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Absolutely. two egregious typos in an ad for a comms job at a book publisher. do i weep or laugh? anna and i both discussed the fact that every pd we've read lately has had at least one typo in it. way to make me feel out of step, universe. this is a very well made poem. it's called "Travelling Through the Dark". *shudder* #williamstafford I am binge watchin star trek voyager right now and am gobsmacked by the recurring theme of helping out your friends and being nice to strangers even when theyre frightening because its the right thing to do. where has this theme gone when it comes to the stories we celebrate and share with each other?
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