I’ve been asked

What’s a friend

How do you

Know who is

Or even which

One could be

A friend is

A favorite book

That you’ve read

A dozen times

That you quote

In troubling times

That book that

Somehow is always

Reached for or

Lands in your

Lap or bed

Those characters and

Those stories and

Those adventures that

Make you believe

There is something

More than you

They’re the last

Person that you

Think about as

You fall asleep

Dreaming of them