The Business of Celebration

We are sold on celebration
It's Fall! It's Spring! It's Halloween!
The seasons march by, unaffected, and yet
unpromised, which is why we welcome them, I think,
with ritual, with Pumpkin Spice, with Easter Dress, with ice cream,
We consecrate the slow return of old friends we were not certain to see again.

We are bold with celebration
Bridal showers, baby showers, luncheons, old friends in town,
Birthday parties, extravagant foods and uncounted calories.
I tire sometimes of the wild expectations of serving up such luxuries,
But I cannot quell that voice that says no celebration is void.
How boring it would be to reject these rejoicings;
how glad it is to celebrate friends.