Andrew, I met you
You have such a bright, warm smile
And your poetry is beautiful and funny
And always entertaining.
Everyone respects and likes you
And your calm and wise demeanour
Make people and poets in equal measure
Gravitate towards you
Because you are generous and kind and warm
But you only give advice
When people seek it
And you support and inspire endlessly.
You encouraged me to write more
You appreciate and enjoy everyone’s poetry
You were diagnosed with cancer
And within a matter of weeks
I have lost a dear and valuable friend,
Who I was only just beginning to know.
I talk about you in the present tense
Because I feel as if you’re still here.
Here is some of Andrew’s work