Folks I Know

I have a list of folks I know,
all written in a book...
and every now and then
I go and take a look.     

That is when I realize
these names...they are a part
not of the book they're written in...
but taken from the heart.

For each name stands for someone
who has crossed my path sometime
and in that meeting they have become...
the reason and the rhyme.
Although it sounds fantasic,
for me to make this claim
I really am composed of
each remembered name.
Although you're not aware
of any special link
just meeting you has shaped my life
...more than you could think.

So, please don't think my greetings
as just a mere routine,
your name was NOT...
forgotten in between.
For when I send a greeting
that is addressed to you
its because you're on that list...
of folks I'm indebted to.
Whether I have known you,
for many days or few...
in some ways you have a part,
in shaping things I do.
I am but a total...
of many folks I've met
you are one I would prefer...
never to forget.
        Thank you
  for being my friend.