My Friend

As I would sit and drink and puff on the weed
I was regularly visited by my friend
He would beat at the door and come shuffling in
He would brush his way past and just nestle himself in
He would always be robed in a black muslin gown
He would never do much more than come in and sit down
He would sit and just watch me and wait for it to begin
He would seemingly not judge me for the forbidden fruits of my sin
He would stare across at me from the corner of the room
He would leer from the hood that covered his face full of doom
As I would sit and drink and puff on the weed
I would sometimes just wonder as to what he would need
He would never begrudge me a draw on the smoke
He would never ever judge me or decree me a joke
But he would instead simply sit there and fiddle with the rope
He would pay me these visits every night of the week
He would always come over, even when the weather was bleak
This continued for over twenty years and our friendship grew deep

One day I woke up and I just thought “Bugger it, things are going to change”
“I’m not going to let him come here and just play out this game”
Just then, I cut out the drinking and I gave up the smokes
I picked up a pencil and some words I began to stroke
You know, he visited me still but he never stayed so long
He would rock up at 8 and by 9 he’d be gone
He’d call in on a Wednesday and maybe again Friday night,
But come the weekend his eyes were filled up with fright
He still said nothing to me, but he began to take flight
There was no need for me to be near him on any one given night

You know now I barely see him, the chair sits empty in his place
I’ve almost forgotten the deep lines on his pale face
There’s still a sense that he’s with me, when my thoughts start to slide
And I know that one day he’ll revisit me and in that chair, he’ll reside
But for now, that’s a way off and I often sit here and think
That my friend only wants to know me, really, when I smoke and I drink.

My Friend

Fozman

Narre Warren, Australia

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