Someone Like You
by James William Foley
Someone like you makes the heart seem the lighter,
Someone like you makes the day's work worth while,
Someone like you makes the sun shine the brighter,
Someone like you makes a sigh half a smile.
Life's an odd pattern of briers and roses,
Clouds sometimes darken, nor sun shining through,
Then the cloud lifts and the sun light discloses
Near to me, dear to me—-Someone like you.
Someone like you who stands steadfastly near me,
Knows me and likes me for just what I am,
Someone like you who knows just how to cheer me,
Someone who's real without pretense or sham.
Someone whose fellowship isn't a fetter
Binding my freedom—who's loyal all through,
Someone whose life in this world makes it better,
Blest to me, best to me—-Someone like you.
Someone like you who's the same Day and Morrow,
Firm as a rock and square as a die,
Someone who's steadfast in joy or in sorrow,
Someone who's dearer each day that goes by.
Fortune is fickle and hope is deceiving,
Comradeship ends and life changes all through,
There's only one thread that runs all through the weaving,
Fair to me, square to me—-Someone like you.
Never a trouble but you help me bear it,
Just by the fellowship you have with me,
Never a joy but I want you to share it,
How far you fare or wherever you be.
Never a burden but you make it lighter
Just by your smile that I see creeping through,
Never a glad hour but you make it brighter,
Heart of me, part of me—-Someone like you.
How come the thoughts of you joyously welling
Up like the water of springs bubbling clear,
What a new joy every time in the telling
Something that always I want you to hear.
Roses of June or the snows of December
Gray be the skies or like azure the blue,
Far be the day that I may not remember
, Near to me, dear to me—-Someone like you.