The mask we wear,
shadows our lives,
might be removed when close to home
if we can see the eyes of those we love.
Today in our world we gather in peace
in hope tribulations, anxieties, unsettled
reminders of our humanity,
might be left outside in the cold unforgiving air,
while inside our lives become one in memory and story.
We will tell stories,
bring those people back to life,
for they have never left our side, only in that physical sense,
that in this moment, we continue to use to walk around,
to make our presence known.
We are in love’s grace with our predecessors,
the mom and dad, favorite aunts and funny uncles,
the sweet memory of childhood dreams never broken
for compassionate arms always held our greatest fears.
We are in love today with our futures,
the gleam in eyes, the silly smiles, the elementary accomplishments
moving swift as young adults
help us realize the circle does continue to turn
wisely, all aimed toward that setting sun.
Today we feast on the beauty of family, and in the quiet of our
settling lives, we are reminded of certain fortune and peace,
a gathering of energy we hope might spill out into a rather
unassuming confused world beyond our control.
When reliance we do on whatever gratitude means in our minds
good heart and soul will reach for the heavens;
be thankful we are alive to celebrate spiritual agonies and beauty,
be the Grace we learned and pass on and into our hope.
be elegant and just love.
Warm faces, lulling laughs, quiet tears,
we all know truth today.
© Thom Amundsen 2015