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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