A Dinner Party for Eight

A Love Celebration
The dinner was black tie,
our own interpretation,
with imagination,
exceptional, she said. 

John arrived with a work glove
tucked in his shirt,
Peter a paper top hat,
a bow tie and vest.

Couples in youth, bending
toward then, celebrate 
now; love, romance, 
friendship – sacrament – we said.

A crown roast centered the table
with little white hats for the bones. 
We blessed our meal, toasted our hosts,
and dined with heart to our fill.

Post dinner entertainment
brought the women to sing.
The men went out to the porch 
to work up their routine.

What I remember after,
was laughter,
a flash, and
the glow of four moons.

©Janis Dehler

“A smile starts on the lips, a grin spreads to the eyes, a chuckle comes from the belly; but a good laugh bursts forth from the soul, overflows, and bubbles all around.”

Carolyn Birmingham

In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.

Khalil Gibran

Each friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.

Anais Nin

May the love and laughter that is in our hearts today overflow from within us and spread throughout the world like a wildfire, blessing all in its path. May we each know even a moment of loving kindness.

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Author: Mindful Contemplations

A weekly blog, in prose, poetry, or memoir, finding the sacred within the ordinary day to day experience. I offer inspiration and contemplation on the soul journey of the human spirit, diving deep and surfacing with hope.

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