my appointment

to witness the life.

to cross harsh borders

and hear the people sing.

of pain at death,

of joy at birth.


to hear scratchy voices.

to breathe in the community 

and the inborn harmony.

of manhood achieved,

of marriage vows spoken.


to join the multitude.

to sit encircling the fire in song

and hold our heads high.

of life lived,

of love given.


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