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The Friend who Needn't Speak - June 28, 2023

the smell of basil

lingers on my fingers

a raspberry on my tongue


I’ve been working around

the garden and look

for a place to rest


one can forget time

under the shade of a tree

on a warm spring day


it insists you sit down

pours a glass of coolness

offers a place to linger


says


I am the friend

who sits next to you

that needn’t say a word


now who else

welcomes you like that?

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