In Memory Of John

We were allies,
not always fighting from the same trench
but we fought some battles, me and you.
Won some too.
We stood on books by the same authors
and shared the same view.
You always trusted me to do it right
and, of course, I trusted you.
I appeared suddenly, almost unannounced
yet you treated me like a son
and a loved one too
and many things that I hold dear
come from you.

- by Prajna Pranab, 1992