Friendship Rings


Sitting at your feet

under this redwood fairy ring

stories of the in-between

after years of busy distraction

like finding a well-loved lost earring

between the folds of the purple sofa


We show off our glorious aging

while reaching like synchronized swimmers

for the jelly roll back bolsters


We pass between us

a small plastic container of chocolate and almonds,

my rainbow-colored batik shawl

against the backdrop of your sensible

pink and gray plaid picnic blanket


Hardly an unexpected run-in;

we were meant to be here together,

our love of words, bodies, Mystery.

Feeding the Birds