I can be
a layer of bubble wrap
(you’ll still get knocked,
but you won’t break).
the glue
(if you do).
your personal advice column
your tea maid.

I can be
your ballroom partner
and best impersonator
source of light
source of laughter;
treasure chest
of mornings after.

I can be
your fireside silence
Boxing Day companion.
nurse, whatever the nature, nurture;
your black-tie,
mourning-dress date.

I would be
your witness, book mark.
subject specialist,
(favourite ghost-writer).

I can be
your mirror,
be all, and end all.