Feast and Joy
This camp will always bustle with throngs
of people drawn to feasts and companionship ...
not always so, elsewhere.
Our Thanksgiving table at Sakin'el
will be fairly full this year -- some guests
having no place else to go -- anymore.
I remember with the salt and honey,
the great family gatherings of yesteryear ...
based on thoughts from friend
Thomas the Hermit,CPP
will have many vacant seats and now silent laughing voices.
Gone the thrill of a dozen simultaneous conversations …
Gone the special hug of familiar strangers (strange familiars?)…
Gone the frenzied multi-directional passing confusion
of favorite dishes and those of 'not again' disgust.
Twenty people around this special table requires
perhaps more brotherhood and tolerance than natural kindness.
What a vibrant, churning melee of unbridled friendship …