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And so it begins

And so it begins
 the endless montage of words amid hugs and kisses,
  struggling to express untethered euphoric blisses,
   the joy, the laughter, the fully embraced elation
    in attendance at the family celebrations.
A reunion of bloodlines stretched
 recalling memories old and blessed
  for our ninety-six-year-old friend
   knowing and accepting he is near life's end
    gladdened familiar exhilaration visible on their aging faces.
The food was good, maybe just so-so
 but the gathering was better than we could know
  cousins, great-grandchildren nieces, nephews abound
   distant loved ones from out of town
    counting connecting kinships to astound.
In this twenty-first century of dispersed family
 we reconnect remembering individual humanity
  where bonds were once too easily broken
   mother daughter, father-son, sister brother words misspoken
    and for a moment fleeting as it might be
the healing possibilities exist
 and so it begins.

for Line Gauthier's contest
And so it begins

Copyright © | Year Posted 2019

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