We spent December 14 - 16 growing our AoH community of practice at Ohio State University, now nearing 200-strong. Three days of intense conversation and companionship, standing in the light of our mates in Columbus, and worldwide (Toke, Monica, Phil, Chris Corrigan: you were there in spirit).
In thanks and appreciation, we offer part of our harvest to Hosts everywhere:
Come back from the fields
let them rest.
Wipe the blades clean,
untie the knots.
Let the heart be full at last.
Let the wind loose in the field
Let the ground settle
There have been many harvests
some visible, some unknown
a word, a face, the touch of a hand
a walk across the room
Some for all, some for me alone
some for those who come after
Some will feed us now
Some will simmer, some will keep
some will be given away
Some, ungathered, will lie in the ground
the long winter over
waiting for the sun’s coming
waiting for fire to split the seed
waiting for rain,
to grow again
unless the rabbits get there first
and the mice give thanks, the sparrows blessing.
There have been many harvests.
More will come.
Art of Hosting December 2010