First Reunion

Don’t assume responsibility for making

 the essentials like mac & cheese, 

stewed chiecken or collard greens, 

the old hands got them covered.

Expect the whole fam there, or,

at least, the ones who return emails,

phone calls & don’t have personal beefs.

Expect to find the men lounging on living 

room sofas, watching Saturday night ball 

on the flat screen, debating the MVP race; 

the women crowded around the kitchen 

table passing gossip with a bottle of wine; 

kids tearing from room to room ’till some 

sharp parental looks send them outdoors. 

Come expecting your grandma, aunt & uncles 

to give you a tight embraces that leave back & 

shoulders aching; the dense scent of meals slow 

cooking in the oven, on the stove or waiting pre-

made in tin plastic trays. Expect some names 

to shine more brightly than others in your mind 

& to discover a new life here to replace the one 

seas, continents & distance of time has left behind.

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2 thoughts on “First Reunion

  1. beautiful 🙂 So vivid. I can smell the food and see the kids running around right now 🙂

    On Sun, Apr 2, 2017 at 11:53 PM, Newgenerationverse wrote:

    > Newgenerationverse posted: “Don’t assume responsibility for making the > essentials like mac & cheese, stewed chiecken or collard greens, the old > hands got them covered. Expect the whole fam there, or, at least, the ones > who return emails, phone calls &amp” >

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