Friend

Long ago, little children
We were happy to loiter and roam
He’d take my hand, he’d understand
The troubles that haunted my home
My pal at school, my pal at play
A pal on whom I could depend
I always felt like the luckiest child
Just because I had a friend

As time passed and I grew up
My mind was a confounding mess
He was there, my true confidant
Somehow he lessened my distress
Ashamed of my past, afraid of my future
When I felt life was a dead end
I always had something to look forward to
Just because I had a friend

Grown men now, we settled down
With families and homes of our own
All through the trials of our busy lives
He made sure I wasn’t alone
With his ready smile and his sage advice
And forever a hand to lend
I found my rock, my beacon, my guide
Just because I had a friend

Here we are, in our sunset years
Our friendship has survived it all
Ten thousand miles may separate us
But I know he’ll come when I call
With him, and only him, I am me
No veil, no mask, no need to pretend
My deepest, my darkest secrets are safe
Just because I have a friend

You can’t choose to whom you are born
Or when and where and why
But when you choose someone as your friend
They are your friend till you die
Friends we were as we began our lives
Friends we’ll remain till the end
My life’s been a magical ride
Just because I have a friend

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