The Lost Relationship Ring

This poem is an oldie but a goodie:

"Around the corner I have a friend,
In this great city that has no end;
Yet days go by, and weeks rush on,
And before I know it, a year is gone.
And I never see my old friend's face,
For Life is a swift and terrible race...
But tomorrow comes-and tomorrow goes,
And the distance between us grows and grows.

Around the corner!-yet miles away...
'Here's a telegram, sir...'
'Jim died today.'
And that's what we get, and deserve in the end:
Around the corner, a vanished friend."

--Charles Hanson Towne

Poems and songs like this (think "Cats in the Cradle") hit home with some of us. We get caught up in the "terrible race" and before we know it, time has come and gone. Call that person that you haven't talked with for years. Spend time in the relationship ring! Before it is too late.

Jones Loflin