My life is abundant with enriching gatherings —
maybe God spoils me with these,
parishioners, praying friends, generous with time and selves
like even more family..
Nativity is a Catholic parish that has welcomed me
warmly smiling and chatting and encouraging my ideas
sharing prayer stories, so that
weekly Mass is a treasured gathering.
Friends who also enjoy writing gather together monthly
bringing their new creative writing, or found gems.
Sharing snacks, general conversation.
Mostly, we hunger for each other’s next piece.
The Summer Family Reunion gatherings bring together lots of aunts, uncles. and cousins
Grandparents married two families together — Anna and Patrick Callahan married
James and Sadie Boyle, some decades ago and we keep trying to stay connected.
Summertime, 2022 will resume the picnic, fun after the pandemic pause.
A Lincicomes’ Family gathering for Christmas has been held at my home,
the eldest child of one of the first Boyle generation.in America
My Irish trait of storytelling, and the children answer questions
to get their pick of the visible Christmas presents.
Gatherings, big and small, are generally feasts of food,
favorite beverages, shared clean-up, catching up, sharing news,
new babies. achievements, tricks learned, graduations, and retirements.
Gatherings that make us feel loved are special blessings indeed.
By Nancy Ann Smith, Poetry Marathon Prompt # 12, June 25, 2022