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  • A single strand, a flash of understanding,
    An instant of fellow-feeling.
    A strand which thickened and glistened anew,
    In friendships’ mutual exchange.
    You ever unaware. Fairweather…

    The cage wrought from best hopes’ bruising,
    Got dented again; then began ceding.
    Loosed radiance: emotions released – aah…
    Was reached the moment.
    You all unaware. Fairweather…

    A hand held out, on a slope sliding
    Down, down from one giving,
    To one who might just need to receive.
    A ledger was revealed.
    Oh now, too aware. Fairweather…

    So much for you; so much for me.
    Debits and credits dutifully assigned.
    Cold rationality in the cold light of a
    Fairweather friend.

    Image: original photo, Class of 1983, Faculty of Law, University College, Cardiff, Wales.
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