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It was “Quarter Time”
at First United Methodist Church,
in Pawnee, Oklahoma.
It’s a multi-generational gathering,
quarterly,
for a program, music,
food. It’s the church
I attend; the pastor and people there
support the work we do
at Turtle Rock Farm
and come to celebrate
Earth Day with us.
This Sunday evening
the generations gathered
to make the Cosmic Walk,
a journey through the universe’s becoming,
beginning with the Flaring Forth
some 13 billion years ago,
up to right now,
where we, not that long ago,
relatively,
came into the long,
expanding
story.

With reverence,
they listened,
they walked,
they read,
they declared at the end:
“I am _____
and this is my story.”
After the walk,
as this community
shared
sobering moments,
insights,
a few tears,
the intimacy
of their life together
expanded
too.
Then, in the celebration—
with food,
the children’s sharing
of their considerable musical talent—
our story
together
grew ever more
tender.