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Absent Friends Drink

It's in the Centre of the tablet
In memory of a friend
To stay there untouched
Until the party's very end.
It's the Absent Friend's drink
Bought for friendship's sake
As we all gather for
Their funeral and wake.

And every first drink will
Be solemnly lifted up
And tipped respectfully to it
Before taking the first sup
We'll all sit and reminisce
About our days long gone
Of good times with the friend
Who has just passed on.

There'll be a lot of laughter
And maybe some tears,
Maybe the odd fight
And a few spilled beers
Whatever happens it will be
A truly memorable day
A heartfelt gathering to
Send our friend on their way

We'll all shake hands
And quietly wonder when
The next wake will come
And we'll  be together again.
For the Wake's very final act
The Absent Friend's  drink,
Still untouched, will be poured
Respectfully down the sink.

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