It was a day that gods grant
We met at earth’s edge
you, silent, waiting in tidal rocking
of water through reeds,
sky a blue that could not be believed,
the day just waking to the sun’s call
to prayer. And we welcomed each other
in recognition of our common need
to praise land, sea, air
and thank that which had brought all
this into being.
In our mutual understanding,
I gave you my greeting, and you –
a white feather floating
freely on the tide.
RICHARD BRONSON is on the Boards of the LIPC and the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association. He is on the faculty of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics at the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University.