Gather round ye lads of youth and life.
Drink full of an everlasting glass.
The pour is great there.
Time to convene for the yearly stock taking.
Counting fellows, and blessings, and slights.
Like many, many nights, that delivered us to this brief respite.
Oh how much comfort I find in your aging faces.
I confide a friend keeps pace,
And regrets nothing while peering at an early morning mirror.
Such an honor to have passed time with you all.
I repeat, as it bears repeating, a distinct honor.
Fellowship, brotherhood, a lifetime.
There is not much better.
Campfires, ball busting, shared silence, petty differences; all part and parcel boys.
Part and parcel.
It’s been a phenomenal run, and unprecedented.
Not many are lucky to have a best friend in this life.
We each, more than seven.
The whole is truly greater than the sum of its parts.
The night belongs to us, it always has.
It will continue, until we belong to it.
Slainte! Lads, slainte!
A special thank you goes out to my friend Kenny Hayes. It’s always nice to get him involved in my projects. Kenny and I have been friends for a lifetime, and a way in which we continue to grow and cultivate our friendship is through continually regrouping to take stock, share laughs, and create new memories. I couldn’t have a greater group of friends. They all help me to navigate this world, and make it a whole hell of a lot more interesting. I’m happy Kenny decided to issue a term that sits well in my head and heart. Looking forward to our next gathering already.
Poemvember 2018, is a month long poetry project where colleagues, friends, and associates volunteer a word or phrase, which I in turn fashion into a poetical response. I have great fun exploring all the possibilities that are volunteered, and enjoy collaborating with people whether they are writers, poets, or readers.
If you enjoyed this post, stay tuned for the remaining two days of the project, which will soon to be followed by a new month long project: The ProCrasstheNation.com Advent Calendar Blog. Give me a month, and I’ll give you 25 Mysterious Decorative Doors. What awaits behind each day’s door? Well, you’ll have to click the door links to find out. Please join me for what promises to be a fun month of poems, stories, and a few Christmas Surprises.
If anyone is in the Metro Boston area on December 7th, please consider joining me, and my best friend, the West Coast Bandit, as we attend a night full of entertainment for a great cause at: Don’t Forget Your Art!
There is a strong rumor that I will be performing a previously unpublished piece.