A DEAR FRIEND REMEMBERED

I thought I saw you, today.

In the grass, a book lay open.

I strolled through the orchard, air warm and sun dappled,

And I saw you there,

Eyes intent on the page.

I thought I saw you this morning.

On the hearth, kettle sang.

I remembered the scrubbed kitchen table, the teapot

And I saw you there,

Cup enfolded within your hands.

I thought I saw you this evening.

On your desk a pen had fallen.

I remembered the clutter of parchment and map.

And I saw you there,

Frowning down at your notes.

I thought I saw you tonight

As I stood 'neath the new Party Tree

I remembered the tables, the fireworks, the music.

And I saw you there,

Your face full of laughter and light.

I thought I saw you at sunset.

Copper sun touched the lands distant edge.

I remembered your tears as you stepped on the boat.

I saw you there and I wondered

Do you, sometimes, look back and see me?