Come as you are, and we will be here.
With bright singing, biscuits and cups of tea,
Conversation, laughter, and artistry.
We meet together as our own community,
with respect for the many lives we have lived,
recognising the fortitude of our years,
and our resilience as people who have survived
through the world and its various challenges,
Whatever our pasts or futures might be.
We arrive carrying the twinkle of our age,
Knowing that as the seasons change
We may change with them too, our wisdom
Ever growing with the trees. We embrace
the ups and downs that we may face,
with compassion for our unique histories.
Sometimes, it can be hard, to feel at ease
in a big room, with lots of new people around.
But we all have a right to be here. This is our space.
We choose to share it together. There might be times
when we don’t always agree. But our differences
make us individual. Try not to judge. Offer an ear,
Or a hand, a smile or a hug, where you are able to,
And acknowledge each and every person around.
They know their truths. Be mindful of their story.
Just as you must recognise the value of your own.
And if there are disagreements, as perhaps,
there may be, just take a little time to breathe.
We are only human. We all make mistakes.
There will be a new morning, and plenty of time
To try again. We accept you for who you are.
We all deserve to be appreciated. To be soothed.
Now, with a sea of experience at our feet, let’s celebrate
this communion of minds and matter, as friends and equals.
So let’s say hello, everyone! – and welcome.