Oh, not physically in your home
nor psychically either
but in a tender, unobtrusive way
touching and coloring and enlivening
an imagining of pleasantries and laughter
superimposed upon old memories
and warmed by the intensity of caring ...
I opened the door and called out a greeting
and although there was no response
I knew quite well how it would have been
could you have heard me or in some way
sensed my presence. Still I felt a welcome
as I silently joined you
to watch to hear and to look upon
a scene familiar though so far away ...
But then, to give this pleasant fantasy
at least a touch of what is real
and purge a charming dream of any trace
of morbid sentiment or mournful tears
I made a call and seemed to see you pause
look up, then hasten to the phone ...
And now you understand just why I laughed
when you exclaimed:
"I'm not surprised!
why, we were sitting here just now and felt
almost as though you'd come to the door!"
I have been friends with Alice
for over 40 years
and our friendship is 'growing strong'
she lives in Massachusetts
every winter here in Colorado
she and her husband join us
for some skiing fun on the slopes ...