it started me remembering
of an old man I knew long ago
and one of his last wishes
he would never see fulfilled.
Of all his friends’ only one
would take the time and years
to follow that wish through.
More than ten years would slip away,
but that wish was never forgotten.
Then finally, one day it was fulfilled,
the old man would have been delighted
had he been around to see
the conclusion of the quest
that took twelve years to fulfil.
This story I have told is true,
I know, as I am that friend
who made an old man’s wish
eventually come true.
2 October 2012

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