A lyric written for my best friend and mentee, Rose, whom I have so much in common with.
|What were you to me may I ask?
And may I answer you real well?
You were at first a secret masque
of balls whose guests I could not tell,
a sly girl that was light of task
whose thoughts were like a hidden dell.
Oh, but now you're a raven-haired
with state and rank fit for a queen;
a soul who has most often dared
to be the friend I've seldom seen,
the one to whom I gave and shared
my quiet hopes that might have been!
You're now to me a map and chart
to navigate life's hardships through—
the answer to my joyless heart
and to a world that I did rue:
as well, you're the sublimest part
of my life's journey which ensues.