old friends

for keith

thus have we voiced our hearts
and our hesitancies
and together expressed this time
beyond poorer moments

believe: i have never forgotten you
or your honest laughter
the eager enduring comfort
of a boon companion

while years have slipped past
and memories meander
as our kin have passed beyond
and new lives taken flesh

the dimensions of this our history
have defined simplest joy–
take with you this hopeful blessing,
old friend, to smile once more

Salinas 19 Dec 2012 / SLC 01 Apr 2013

Fulfillment

May it be said that of all the lessons I have learned as the years have passed, one of the most important is surely this: that while I value the time I have alone to spend as I wish – to write, to read, to enjoy the peace of my solitude – there is a far greater time. A time that has been a blessing to me. The time that I spend with those I love – in laughter and in song, in intense discussion and in childish play, in the eager exchange of ideas and in the simple sharing of a meal. To my friends, my family, and to you, Babe – I thank you all from the depths of my soul for reminding me how wonderful life can be.

Salt Lake City 27 May 2012

Jamming with Reha in Salt Lake City (27 May 2012)