Let us have
A beginning to our hopes,

And let us mark it well
So others may be told
That once there was a starting point.

Here and at this time,
We first joined hands to bring about
The birth of something wholely good.

Speak softly
When you call this place to mind.

Remember where you stood
And who was at your side.

Give thanks to those
Who have enfolded you in comfort,

Both the living
And the ones who've died.

Rejoice beside the river—
How it flows and flows.

©2016 Michael Fraley

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