You and Me Now

(for A.S.)

We are older now
We carry more weight
Your hip is worn out
My thumbs are broken

But we keep moving
Through these high snow banks
That coat warm? you ask
Watch the ice, I say

Forty-one years ago
Our friendship started
A wayward glance, a scuffle
The long forgiveness
Which continues now

The red and the green
The beer and paddles
The conversations
And always the girls

Link to golden link
Poems and parties
Old friends and new ones
Wives, children, time

And yet here we are
On the downward slope
In this bright snowfall
Walking carefully

Patches on a shirt
That hung for years and
Now is worn again
In this sparkling winter