They Come and Go


Friends appear and disappear

Kindred spirits randomly met
Float into my life
Then disappear

Sometimes they gently fade over time
Like your favorite tapestry
Forgotten – hung in a corner
The colors begin to drift away
No longer vibrant, unable to catch your attention

But other times, friends are wrenched away
Through illness and accident
Surprisingly – shockingly

One who you kept
Securely in your back pocket
Who had always been there
Always had your back
Is suddenly gone

And you’re left regretting
The call you didn’t make
The card you didn’t send
To the one you assumed
Would always be there
Who was your friend

And all that’s left is the glow of sweet memories


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