I had a partner once.

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We clicked, him and me.

Everything always

worked out fine.

We climbed mountains

from C


to C


We got along great

and up we went,

with or without a tent.

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But now no more.

He has a wife and kids, now, you see.

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Can't say I blame him much.

He has two homes, now,

and earns two or three times as much.


I keep calling

to get out

just one more time.

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Occasionally we get together.

 I look in his eyes

and imagine

we each see some jealousy.

I'm still climbing hard, now, you see,

and I'm sure he sees a bit of longing

in me.


It's then our eyes glitter

as they did

all those years ago,

under blue sky, sun and snow.

We suffered sometimes

but all of it was fun.

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I still have that partner,

that brilliant ol' son of a gun.

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It's a bit different, now.


we click, him and me.

Everything always works out fine.

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There's a lot more to look forward to,

all the way up

to the end of the line.

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AuthorDerek Franz