It's goodbye to the ready smile,
R.I.P. the razor sharp brain
Farewell those shared memories
Thinking of you has set in train.
No more gentle harmonies to the
Sound of that old Martin guitar.
No more rushing for the extra pint
Before they go and close the bar.
I do not want to see you,
Just need to move on,
I do not think you'd want me to,
Now trapped and almost gone.
This is worse than any death
To leave a healthy body behind
Take away the power of thought
Take away power of the mind.
I'll celebrate our friendship
That lasted more than sixty years
Fighting back that first reaction,
That need to collapse in tears.
I'll remember you the way you were
Friend from our first teenage days
Friendship that never faltered though
We went our separate, differing ways
That last time we spoke
I knew things weren't right.
Like talking with a stranger
That particular night.
This year, Number unobtainable
No matter how often I tried,
I learned the body was healthy.
But the you inside had died.
No more annual birthday calls,
No more hours long catch up chat
That memory has filed safely away,
Please don't let me too lose that.
I'll walk those fields and lanes
We walked as both boys and men
And those two likely Yorkshire tykes,
In that way, will walk together again.