Friends from far away,
Tennessee, Kentucky, Massachusetts,
joined a couple of us Oklahomans
for a day together
in the country
without an agenda.
It was a hot, lazy day. We moved
leisurely
from porch to alpaca pen
to hermitage to farmhouse living room
to pond house living room.
Conversation was easy…sandwiched
softly between naps. No cell phone
interruptions
for hours.
At day’s end,
there was good food
prepared by someone else
then an evening drive
back to the city and into
the intensity of our good work.

My work, the next four days,
was making a safe space
for exploring
and transforming
perceptions
of people in neighboring lands,
our own land.

Then this week
with city friends, we prepared a space
for gathering around concern,
fear
for the future of the planet
and creating connection and support
for the very best
of the human spirit.

Emerging, more and more,
the good work
of making a space—
circles of warmth,
gentleness…
holding places to support
each other through
challenge,
fear…
respites
of sleepy, soft laughter
with kind company—
so that people
can,
together,
live into all we must do,
together,
to sustain life for all life
on this beautiful blue pearl
of a planet.