What if the world gathered

In small circles

As it gathers now

But the smaller circles valued

The way they’re not

Not now, given the searches for


For trending items that for now

Must matter more


What if we enjoy the ones

We really know

And see home places that are

Modest but loved as



Not exhaling compromise

But sing a celebration


Of what we have,

We are,

We are


Change to make it better

To hear a crying need

To know who’s next door because

That’s virtue and delight

In community

For all the ones who struggle

To have any


I don’t mean Americana

I mean Earth

All Americas

And every continent


As it were

As we are

At home


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