In a former life, I was the kind of wife
Who did lunch with the ladies in waiting.
When my husband became a man out of the game,
I felt my independent spirit abating.
This situation was fine to a point,
But we began to lose our spark.
If neither of us had much to do,
About what of interest would we talk.
I tried gardening, cooking, canning;
We even did these things together
The changes we're making aren't because
The togetherness gives us no pleasure.
It just that we believe that
Love should expand and spread to others,
Starting with our close community
Of chosen sisters and brothers.
Many people choose a church
To create this community of the heart.
We believe that shared human passion
For good is a natural way to start.
I don't mind freely admitting that
What I am really ready and hoping for
Is the younger generation to learn from us,
And take up our many physical chores.
I would like to sit back and bask
In all the shining reflected glory
Of the compassionate, competent young families
Who are the fruits of our love story.