His birthday was last Tuesday again.
I never remember, though have written it down
But to look in advance would be organised
And on birthdays, I’m just not.

It’s only ever funerals – not true actually!
I have always tried to gather friends cheerfully
Significant birthday, anniversaries – now a wedding.
Gathering the close, best, constant friends.

Some resist being close friends – uncertain, nervous
But they can push back, enjoy their distance.
For me I love the network of friends
True, scattered, flawed, occasional, constant.