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Without your close embrace

More than 170 teams of researchers around the world are racing to develop a vaccine against Covid-19. Without one, we will keep living in a highly constrained world, with limited movement and interactions, and facing huge public health, economic and societal impacts.

The virus spreads so easily, it has become a serious threat to the majority of the world’s population. Only the protection of a vaccine would allow a safe lifting of lockdowns and the relaxing of social distancing.

Only the protection of a vaccine would allow a full embrace with no fear.

We are getting sick with the virus and we are getting sick of hugless acts. We miss friends, travelling, we miss crowds and sports, we are missing culture and we miss being free of dodging bodies in the street.

As a dancer I am missing others around, that energy of free will and rhythm. I’m missing that other, my partner. I miss that other, my teacher. I miss that place, your full presence and your care.

I die without

your close embrace,

that holding hand,

the reading of your place,

that hint, the invite,

the closeness of your face.

Your arms,

that safe space.

I miss the choice,

my own and yours.

I miss your pause,

your own constraints.

On my lead, and your command,

musicality of your veins.

The walk together.

The breath of you, the breath of me.

Your embrace.

A vaccine is urgently needed, certainly because we need our health, and live and move again. A vaccine is needed to dance as one again.

By Sergio Acosta

At heart, I am a story-teller. As a creative writer and designer, I tell stories on the web, on paper, and sometimes I scribble random lines on the dance floor.