Lost Friend V
|As I sit on the lighthouse deck and gaze across the bay,|
|My thoughts drift backward in time to that fateful day.|
|When he came to tell me of her cheats and lies,|
|He left me in my heart
crying out, "Why?"
|I was visited by my wife's ex-husband that day.|
|We sat on the back dock overlooking the bay.|
|He talked of past betrayals and hurt feelings|
|From her sexual
addictions and bad dealings.
|He told me of her visit to him and of their cheat|
|And how, even with her faults, he still felt the heat.|
|My mind went into a daze as he continued his tale.|
|I just couldn't fathom he
was talking of my sweet Gail.
|This was the exotic, willowy blonde of my dreams,|
|She, who was the final object of all my schemes.|
|Denying him of his satisfaction, I ordered him to go.|
|He cried, "When you
open your eyes, you'll tell of your woe."
|The next day at the office in a casual conversation,|
|Admiral Nelson told of seeing her in an indiscretion.|
|I shouted to him, "My wife's not a street walker.|
|You have no right to
paint her name darker."
|From that day forward, I protected her in everything|
|And moved my office to another part of the NIMR wing.|
|I treated Harry Nelson as one of my enemies|
|And placed him in my mind
with the devil's deities.
|Nothing Chip Morton said would change my mind,|
|Not knowing on my desk the lawyer's letter I would find.|
|NIMR was mine to run as I saw fit.|
|The knowledge Harry was
gone was a solid hit.
|Two weeks later, Gail brought me the legal decree.|
|She was going back to her true love; she had been using me.|
|My pride was too much to beg her to stay|
|And like my wounded
friend, Harry, I watched her go away.
|When he called two months later, I had no courage to listen,|
|And when I heard him on the phone, my voice went missin'.|
|I wore my pride around me; it was my body armor.|
|I concentrated on my work
and never stopped to ponder.
|We built the new submarine and named her SeaDiver|
|And had many staff members vie to be her sub driver.|
|I gave her to Captain Chip Morton to put her through her paces|
|While I hid in my corner
office away from their accusing faces.
|Until the day when Chip busted in and made me see my shame,|
|I thought I could go through life year-by-year and play the game.|
|He made me realize my loneliness and how I missed my friend|
|And told me if I would
forgive Harry, my heart would mend.
|Chip was right and many years I've lived in this lighthouse,|
|Caring for my Admiral and no longer feeling like a louse.|
|I sit here by the bay and watch the playing cats run by me|
|And laugh at the antics of Harry and Lee number three.|
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