These Rituals

Birthdays and funerals 
Anniversaries of anniversaries 
Time acknowledged
Over and over again
Same phrase 
Different numbers at the end
Faces added
Faces deleted
We follow the ones who lead us
They followed the ones who lead them
The repeat of repetition
The listing of the usuals
The progress of the young
The regress of an elder
These rituals are here
They stay here
They will be here
Year after year after year