for the second time
we tried to surprise
a dear friend
to celebrate her milestone birthday
and round two came very close to not happening
when life circumstances intervened
just a few hours before.
we quickly began planning
what our third attempt would look like
when she turned the tables
and surprised all of us
by showing up
at the appointed hour.
“new friends may be poems but old friends are alphabets.
do not forget alphabets, because you will need them to read the poems.”
*author: not shakespeare
*this is another one of those quotes that seems to have come up someplace and wandered around a bit until someone put “shakespeare once said…” in front of it and it stuck.