The Gathering
Barb Lundy

Returning they revive the ancient language of youth though cadence falters and inflections flatten. Words slow for edits before they reach air.

Returning they ring oblong linened tables lean in to listen to who's doing what where spark embered laughter tell the untold in glances latticed with decades lived apart.

Returning they lull to retelling memories spare in detail allow a sting of sadness at parting and relish mingling with interstate strangers they don't have to pretend to know.

Barb Lundy is a hypnotherapist. She taught writing for many years at Denver area colleges. She's been widely published, including work in JAMA, the Potomac Review and the MacGuffin. Barb was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2005.