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To my friend, with love - poetry

 

All is still; all quiet;
The world seems to be at peace.
My soul is singing its periodic melody
And I'm led like in a abstraction to write its tunes.
The lyrics are for you.
The essence of friendship.

I have what so many associates in this world
Yearn so desperately for: a friend.
A acquaintance who's nearer to me than skin
And worth more than life itself.

You have collective in my pain, as has no other
And touched my hurt character
With tender expressions of compassion.
Your heart bled when you felt my grief;
Your sympathy and sensitivity
Transmitted affection no words ever could.

Your abiding devotion has been inexhaustible,
Regardless of what it may have cost you
Personally.
You have made great sacrifices
On my behalf
Unconditionally.

You established me as I was and am;
Appreciating my strengths,
Challenging my weaknesses,
Guarding my vulnerabilities,
Accepting my imperfections,
Valuing my humanity.

You have buttressed the arrows
People often shot in my direction;
Willingly absorbing distress
Meant for me.
Adversaries tried to put a wedge connecting us
To no avail;
Our friendship too secure,
Our assurance too strong

Our friendship has been tested
In so many diverse ways,
But we have a love and asset of will
That refuses to let go.
Though every so often charred, we healed,
And bare a earlier union in the process.

I'm jealous of our friendship
Because I know how rare it is
And how challenging to find
And keep.

You have earned the furthermost title
That can be bestowed
Upon any human being.
The title of: Friend.

In friendship honor of Marjorie K. Thomas

Rev. Saundra L. Washington, D. D. , is an designed clergywoman, old hand community worker, and Break down of AMEN Ministries. http://www. clergyservices4u. org She is also the cause of two brunette table books: Room Beneath the Snow: Poems that Preach and Negative Disturbances: Homilies that Teach. Her new book, Out of Deep Waters: My Grief Management Workbook, will be free soon.


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