JustAsFriends (for Bean)

And it came

Like a cautious

Step on a

Freshly iced pond

His voice from

Afar hesitant tentative

Like the hand

Of a child

To the jowls

Of sleeping dogs

It was not

What I expected

Or dreamed or

Thought it’d be

It was simply

A new stranger

Once again asking

For some time

Absent the cacophony

The bombshell barrage

Of our last

Campaign months ago

It is now

Peace time now

A time to

Collect the dead

And start over

Just as friends