Can I Keep You?

Can I Keep You, By Jenny Guilford

Meeting new friends can be overwhelming. 

I know it hasn’t really been that long, 

But now that we have met, I want to ask 

A simple question, even if it’s strange. 

Can I keep you? 

I know that you’re a person, not a pet, 

I know you’re not a creature I can keep. 

You’re more than that, I know, I understand. 

But I still need to ask 

.… 

Can I keep you? 

Can I keep you as my friend 

Can I keep you as a buddy. 

Can I keep you when I need you 

And even more when I don’t. 

The only thing that I had hoped to say 

Is that I think that you are worth… keeping. 

Because to me it seems that you are great. 

If you aren’t sure, don’t answer straightaway. 

Just think on it, and maybe let me know. 

Because if I was brave enough to say 

The whole truth 

If I was brave enough to ask 

The real question 

I would say 

.… 

Will you keep me? 

Jenny Guilford – 2019

Jenny Guilford is a composer & writer from Australia. After five years as a freelance composer, with music performed by professionals and community groups alike, she has since expanded into freelance writing. With a focus on the importance of stories and building healthy creative practice, her work aims to inspire creative thought and emotion. You can listen to her music and read more of her work here: https://jennysjourneythroughwords.com


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