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Living a Party

by James Zealy

They are living a party,
Laughing and playing,
Beneath stained glass lamps,
Friends at a celebration,
Rapid fire barbs,
That only they can understand,
Drawing an audience,
Amazed at the their joy,
A small smile develops,
On this lone strangers face,
Glad to be a part,
For just a moment, of their life long celebration,
That surrounds the room with laughter,
Dusting the air with the joy of living,
That knows both good and hard times,
As a part of the bargain,
To rejoice in the survival,
And remain friends.


Author's Note: If nothing else I enjoy observing people, especially when they are relaxed and there are no pretenses. I was alone on business in a restaurant and noticed this group of women laughing and playing as they celebrated a birthday. They were having so much fun. As it turns out, it was a group from a local church. They were lifelong friends. A gentleman came up to them and picked up the the Birthday girl's tab. It was their minister paying the group a visit. I enjoyed watching their joy in each other's company, independent of the party.

Posted on 08/25/2004
Copyright © 2021 James Zealy

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Alison McKenzie on 08/25/04 at 04:04 PM

This is a very sweet observation, and I'm so glad you shared it!!

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