The Gathering

Jenkins Biennial Family Reunion Today's Black Family We come from all corners of the earth
Jenkins Biennial Family Reunion
Today’s Black Family We come from all corners of the earth

secret recipes

old traditions

pass from

generation to generation

shining silver

dusting under

Wiping down corners

washing curtains

scraping pennies

hunting sales

a hearty feast

created with love

for the gathering

the gathering

of family near and far

whose blood we share

whose kinder spirit

made us family

joyful tears with a smile

magic moments

cherished memories

mixing drinks

some bitter tears

laughing, singing, dancing

the aroma

goodies baking

meats roasting

we gather

we pray

we toast

for prosperity,

for happiness

for good health

a bounty of precious treasures

family

young, old and in between

laughing, sharing and reminiscing

if only

if only these moments would last

forever

©Kimberly Wilhelmina Floria 11/24/2013

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