You came to me when I was upside down,
When smart and kind and calm were just the salve
To soothe and smooth, to see beyond the frown,
To give to me the gift I had to have.
I came to you, a crossroad up ahead,
Two paths: escape from entropy to plot
A way forward with a plan; or to tread
Still water ‘til a lifeline showed its knot.
We came together in a time of need
Unknown. Two separate souls searching to find
What we didn’t know we wanted. A seed
Took hold, a buried golden vein was mined.
Now twenty-five years on, I still believe
You are, as then, the reason that I breathe