The ghosts of yesterday's laughter linger quietly
As threads of friendships warm and embracing envelope these chairs
Last night these tables saw a celebration of life
where food was bountiful
and wine and mirth ran freely.
How eagerly we greet the chance to meet
.... the chance to eat
.... the chance to nourish our souls
with friendships old and new
as we share our days and minds
And sit ....
.... at once empty chairs and empty tables.