Asking for a Friend

I heard Annabel Jones’ Asking for a Friend for the first time and a couple of the lyrics really got under my skin.  They inspired the piece below.

I watch helpless

sadness swallowing you whole

too weary to fight

you are going down without a sound

slipping into deep stillness

where my arms do not reach


Calling your name over and over

into the darkness

seeking a rope or branch

to lower down to you

that I am not certain

you will try to grasp


Passers-by pause, curious

at my frantic attempts to reach you

How do you stay clear?

How can you find peace?

I inquire of the disinterested strangers

I am asking for a friend



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