Happy Birthday Dear Friend
I thought I recognised the face,
I searched my memory without a trace
Of you being there.
And yet there lurked an image, a flicker, a mirage
Of you. Some knowledge, long ago,
Renewed with one small smile
One greeting, a touch of the hand
held out for a while.
Then we were friends.

No words were spoken.
No bonds made, just the irrevocable tie
Already there, never to be broken