We would remember stories,
laugh and watch each other close
we’d wonder about each other’s
welfare in regards to our own needs.
we’d chuckle at similar stories
only because we wanted to listen
to the voices so familiar and sweet,
the laughter we knew would be there,
we could count on each other to share.
We didn’t need anyone to tell us how,
not tonight because we already knew,
we were playing with a familiar round
of cherished dreams and desires together.
We were family playing our roles,
as did our uncles and aunts years before,
now we stood with memory and nostalgia
wondered whether we had done the right thing
for those standing in our same posture
when we were kids, when we wondered
When we didn’t imagine our lives would be
anything like those ahead of us the mentors
of our values, our teachers of love and grace.
And here we are standing there together,