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Absent Friends' Salute

It's at centre  of the table
The  drink to Absent Friend
Standing there untouched
Until the meeting's end.
The first round tipped to it
In a solemn, silent tsa,utd
In the standing tradition
Of paying our tribute.

We each have our Absent Friend
And we drink to them one and all,
Just for that moment bring each
Back to mind in silent recall.
No matter how long the meeting
Each ends in the same way
With The Absent Friends Drink
Untouched, being poured away

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