So I've been mainlining Rod Stewart's 1977 song "You're In My Heart (The Final Acclaim)" and this is my effort at writing something like it. Rod's song, I readily concede, is far, far better.

Ballad for a Friend

I walked into the liquor store

In twenty hundred six

No sooner had I closed the door

My heart became transfixed


You were a few years older

I felt so very young

I wish my voice were bolder

Your praises must be sung


Dark-haired and north of forty

With eyes of rock 'n' roll

I caught your gaze and shortly

You conquered my poor soul


I'd always smile so nervous

You'd tease me just a bit

What did I do to deserve this

Amazing priceless gift


I dream of you while sleeping

Write songs while still awake

I tremble and I quiver

As if my heart would break


And now we're in our fifties

Been pals for several years

We've healed ourselves with laughter

Known solace in our tears


As a pair we're quite lopsided

We're heavy at one end

I kneel to you as goddess

You shake my hand as friend


It's awkward to be honest

But still we get along

We've got some grey hairs on us

We've done both right and wrong


I hope that I have blessed you

You're always blessing me

And if I've ever stressed you

Here's my apology


Although there's crease and wrinkle

Light shines from your sweet face

And though my praise might rankle

I call you full of grace


My shelter and my haven

My guiding star above

Please hold me in your heart of hearts

And think of me with love

Poetry by Uncle Meridian The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2022-11-12 at 08:56

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Alan J Ripley The PoetBay support member heart!
Loved this flows through my tiny brain,
like water running through a stream.
Bookmarked this to read again.
Regards Alan