I was challenged to write a poem, even if it’s lousy,

Even so, I wouldn’t want to treat it foul or frowzy.

In fact, to keep it rhyming I had to look up that word,

Though it could easily be something I had once heard.

So here I am, writing a dear friend a short ode,

It helps I enjoy this so much more than writing code.

Which is something my friend and I do quite well,

Especially when done with beer or zinfandel.

Since the poem is for a friend, it allows me to be risky,

Then we can laugh together about it over malt and whiskey.

So long as he laughs, it’s a decent poem I am sure,

Well, actually, more than that, I’ll be happy and Shur.