At church there’s a ceremony:
Wednesday classes, mentors, blessings–
then the formal Sunday service.
In other forms of life?
Maybe the confirmation is when
the barista knows your order,
the bartender says this one’s on her,
your partner lets your habit go, frustrated
but knowing it’s just part of who you are.
When you know the trick to open your apartment’s door
or how the 63 bus arrives at 8:44, not 8:42.
You’ve studied, you’ve learned, you’ve made it:
welcome to our community,
this one we’re just piecing together, too.

About the Author

Benjamin Davis is a writer. He splits his time between Atlanta, Georgia and St. Paul, Minnesota. To view more of their works click below