A Litany for the Living
Name those you love who are not dead,
Speak their names aloud in your head;
Weigh them up, one at a time, give them
A value in words that rhyme. Toast them
With your eyes and toast them in your heart.
Express what they mean to you in action and art.
Share their troubles, be steadfast and true,
Tell them exactly how much they mean to you.
Contemplate their rocky road to here from birth
And show them what their friendship is worth.