"How's it going?"
He asked with genuine-ness,
taking his seat at my otherwise empty table.
One of the good guys,
he refrained from empty
So I answered.
"Do you see those two young men
at the end of the table?
The ones who look as though they
just entered college?
Do you see the crowd surrounding them?
Do you hear the excitement in each greeting?
"They were invited to this all-male
gathering of priests and pastors.
Pleas went out for this next generation
"They were invited,
And I'm allowed to be here.
"So under the circumstances,
allowing for that . . .
it's going well."