This is the power of gathering: it inspires us, delightfully, to be more hopeful, more joyful, more thoughtful: in a word, more alive.—Alice Waters

The trudging through a year

of a destructive virus

and a week living through

a historic cold weather

event, the separation

from illness and ice,

the layered-effect straining

us past an understanding

of what the world is becoming, 

the enduring of such storms 

makes me hunger for sun 

and a world free of distance 

restrictions; as we consider 

the blessings we all take 

for granted, the everyday 

casual when life moves 

in ways we find normal, 

whatever normal means, 

I pray we soon find ourselves 

with some wide-open

moments in which to breathe,

to gather and share a bounty

of all that grows on this good

earth, to stand under heaven

and marvel as we witness

a night full of stars, hold

hands, kiss cheeks, give hugs

without any worry of a closeness

we all so rightly desire.

—C.L. Fisher, February 2021  

Unless otherwise indicated, all content, including writing and images, are the work of C.L. Fisher and may not be copied, used, or distributed without permission.

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