When a clap on your back is no surprise
And an arm round your waist’s alright
When shoulders are handy for drooping heads
And a lap is your pillow tonight.
When an eye sees those that walk beside you
On the stragglers the other is set
When you worry for those who’re at their hearths
And those who haven’t reached home yet.
When you can be a patient ear
And listen to secrets unfold
When you’re content to let them be
For not all secrets can be told.
When you’re allowed to mock another
But not be cruel in your jest
When you find yourself the cause of mirth
And laugh out louder than the rest.
When a song reminds you of a friend
And a word of a jolly feat
When your mind is full of memories
Too embarrassing to repeat.
When ‘we’ and ‘our’ are heard more often
You would say ‘I’ and ‘me’ before
When all that’s theirs is yours to use
And yours is not just yours anymore.
When you hide no part of who you are
And needn’t think twice ‘fore you have your say
When mind and soul are laid bare to them
For they will have you no other way.
When you are known to far and many
But are dear only to some
When you sorely yearn for days gone by
Even more for those to come.
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