Written for: Poets United Midweek Motif~Celebration (posted by Sumana Roy)
There’s no dearth of celebrations in this world. From the tiniest particle to the cosmos is in a mood of celebration.
For people everywhere there are funny, bizarre, interesting, solemn, traditional, religious celebrations.
Celebrations are part of our lives bestowing a sense of belonging, recognizing, strengthening and honoring relationships & also adding a purpose to life.
Life itself can be celebrated too, in a breath of gratitude.
In bittersweetness we gather together
although our numbers have dwindled,
to light the candles, to wonder if whether
our parents look down on us with a twinkle
in eyes that tell them we have not forgotten.
Tradition of potato pancakes endures.
With laughter, old stories, love, we are heartened
despite the future of which we’re unsure.
We speak of our grandmother’s cooking skills–
rolling dough out paper thin for knishes,
sugar cookies eaten until we were ill.
How we loved to eat from her blue glass dishes.
In a celebration indoors or out,
being with family is what it’s about.