We talked as friends, who've oft confided, would.
Each took some weight from off the other's back;
Each stood, a moment, where the other stood,
And gave the other's tension needed slack.
We talked without the effort born of fear:
We talked e'en as a babbling brook does flow
When snow, upon a mountain top, so near,
Devoid of haste, seeks bounty's fields, below.
We gave each other help, but not too much.
We lightened, some, a nigh-too-heavy load,
And justified the adage: "Stay in touch",
Though we diverged when forking marked the road.
We talked as friends who value interplay,
And shooed such things, which spoil a lovely day.