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Poems and Discussion: 'Friendship', Inspired by a Single Word Prompt

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Ann loves to write poetry and stories. Current poetry on Nature, Travel & beyond, including varied poetic structures.

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Garden Sculpture in Perth, Western Australia

Garden Sculpture in Perth, Western Australia

Friendship

Another welcome word prompt from Brenda, this time 'Friendship', has inspired me to some poetry and further discussion.

We all need friends. True friends last forever, they forgive our weaknesses, even our unkindness. A true friend doesn’t ask why, but accepts us at face value, helpful, understanding and steadfast.

Friends come from all walks of life, at all ages. We might have many acquaintances but usually only a few close friends. Friendship is special. Friendship lasts. Friendship saves. Sometimes new-found friendships can be the deepest.

When you need someone to talk to, a friend is there. When you need a companion in silence, a friend is there. When you need to grieve but cannot face an empty space, a friend is there.

Not only do we need to feel friendship, but we need to give it. It’s a two-way process. ‘Will you be my friend?’ speaks volumes. You need someone to trust, someone to listen, someone to talk and laugh with, someone to cry with – and you need to be able to give that back whenever the other asks.


Nature in Friendship

Another angle of friendship is our attitude to nature. In friendship, we look after it, we are guardians for the future, we nurture, tend and encourage it. No destruction, no thoughtlessness, no abuse. No extinction, no barren land, no pollution; no unkindness, be it to plants, creatures, land or sea. For without our friendship, there will be no protection offered, no future for us. If we pay no heed to nature, it will not listen to us. There has to be a mutual flow. Only in friendship and in trust can we co-exist. That two-way process is vital.


The Nature of Friendship

Friendship is offered all around.


Blackbird sings ‘good morning!’,

opens the day with a song to the soul,

the fresh world his as he claims his right.

His friendship helps my heart fly.


Robin chirps ‘Hello!’

and sits on my spade, ready for worms,

then ‘thanks!’ as she swoops, grabs food for her brood.

Her friendship makes me smile.


Crow caws her displeasure,

warning the seagull to leave me alone

as I inhale the salty airs on expansive sand.

Her friendship is close-feathered.


Bee gives of his all,

spreading the pollen from colours to hive,

to yield sweet honey as his colony thrives.

His friendship nourishes my soul.


Perfumed-colour blossom

morphs to watering fruit, food for birds

and grateful human, juice dripping from chin.

Its friendship brightens my world.


Willow bends her compliance,

dancing in the wind; Oak stands solid,

canopy embracing the woods, scalloped leaves,

Their friendship wraps me in love.


Human stretches wide

the hand of friendship to yet unknowns,

maybe to foes in hope of enlightened times.


Friend from childhood,

from school or village community,

deep, lasting, as one, a soul-mate’s found.


From afar, arms open wide,

picking up conversations from the past,

feeling no loss of time between our words.


Friends across the world wide welcome,

though rarely physically face to face,

yet of one mind and wondrous understanding.


Unfathomable friendship,

born of a closeness, nurtured by time,

lasting centuries, remaining within us into eternity.


Embrace it! Be thankful,

as it saves our very existence.

Return it an hundred-fold, that will save our souls.


The Nature of Friendship

is within the earth herself.


Thank You

Friends past, present and future,

never-fading, constant, sturdy oaks.


Family friends, relatives or invited in,

embraced by all of us, treasured folk.


There is no burden, no doubt, no deed

too hard to share, no sense of borne yoke.


Freely given and happily accepted,

Our friendship is cherished, lasting, bespoke.


Thank you to all those friends, near and far,

who help me to live, all brave hearts, shining stars.

I strive to equal your generosity.


My Cuddly Teddy Bear Friend of nearly 70 years!

Teddy (a little thread bare) with his cuddly Guide Dog Friend

Teddy (a little thread bare) with his cuddly Guide Dog Friend

Best Friends Forever!

Children are encouraged by the 'Best Friends Forever' idea. They like to have a token that shows they adopt the concept. Ok, so it was just a commercial best-seller, but so what? It worked!

To me, it's like the heart cut in two, each part worn on a necklace, to symbolise shared friendship or love, or identical rings worn by friends; or some other shared token. The wedding ring is the most obvious example of true, dedicated friendship and devotion. I believe that the most important part of a marriage, or committed relationship, is friendship.

We should encourage friendship as we educate our children. Indeed, it is done in primary schools everywhere I think, or it certainly should be. What concept better shows the idea of love, help, understanding and trust? If we start with education, then we are made for life.

Have a look around you, evaluate your nearest and dearest, your friends from varied walks of life, and value what you have! They might just save your life.


Sibling Friends

Little Boy with Two Big Sisters!

Little Boy with Two Big Sisters!

© 2021 Ann Carr

Comments

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 19, 2021:

Senoritaa: thank you for your warm words. I'm delighted you enjoyed this.

I hope you're keeping safe and well.

Ann

Rinita Sen on April 19, 2021:

What a soothing poem! I loved how the idea of friendship was expanded in the first poem from humans to nature. Unfortunately for many people, the idea of friendship is a lot narrower. I was delighted with the stanza on hope for enlightenment, too. Everyone should have a friend, not just in the conventional sense, but also all across, as you depicted so well.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 18, 2021:

Thank you, Tuli. I'm pleased that you enjoyed this and I appreciate your kind words.

I'm fine thank you, and I hope you are too.

Ann

Tulii Banerjee from Kolkata on April 17, 2021:

Excellent article about friendship, dear Ann. Love it so much. The poetry is wonderful. I relate to this. Thank you so much for this beautiful piece. I hope you are well and safe.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 15, 2021:

Hello Lora! Yes, pets give unconditional love and loyalty and provide us with comfort, especially dogs I think.

Your pyjama dog sounds great! I wonder if my Teddy would last being handed on to anyone, as he is very delicate now and has several holes which are difficult to repair, as he's stuffed with straw, from the 50s. One of my grandchildren might like to take him on perhaps!

Grandchildren can be very close can't they? I do regard mine as great friends too. Sometimes there's a special relationship between grandchildren and grandparents.

Ann

Thank you for your lovely comment and kind words, Lora.

Ann

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 15, 2021:

Thank you, Vidya, for your kind words. I had many childhood friends but many have gone separate ways and I have lost a few. A couple remain true so they stand out, don't they?

It's lovely when siblings are great friends too. My sister and I have always been so.

I hope you have a good day and that you're remaining safe and well also.

Ann

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 15, 2021:

You too Brenda! Thanks.

Ann

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 15, 2021:

Hello Denise! I'm glad this gave you a smile. Yes, friends can be anyone, family or otherwise. My sister is also my good friend; we've always got on really well.

Thank you for your kind comments.

Ann

Lora Hollings on April 15, 2021:

Ann, your poems about friendship are so beautifully written and so true! Nature is a true friend and I hope that we finally wake up to this realization before we lose many more species and make a drastic turn around before it's too late! True friends are certainly difficult to find and when we find them we need to cherish them. We should teach our children the value of friendship from the time they are young and parents need to encourage a deep and lasting friendship between siblings. And my best friends also include my pets! They are so good at consoling me when I'm down. You are so right. Friendship helps us keep our sanity, our happiness, our health and it makes such a difference in all our lives. Thanks for sharing your wonderful article and creativity. Instead of a Teddy, I have a pajama dog that I got as a child by collecting cereal box tops and it has been with me through all the stages of my life and I will keep it to the end and then I shall bequeath it to my grandchild. She is a best friend too! Stay safe my friend.

VIDYA D SAGAR on April 14, 2021:

I loved your poems and discussion on Friendship. Your idea of our friendship with nature is unique and great. It is important that we value it, for our survival and for the future generations as well. Childhood friendships are memorable. I remember my childhood friend with affection even today. I have seen sibling friendship in my daughters and it is very adorable. My pet is my greatest friend now. I value the friendship with my Hubpages friends a lot, especially you Ann. We share the love of nature, pets and Hubpages friends. Good day and stay safe my friend.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on April 14, 2021:

Thanks Ann,

I do find my Hubber friends to be wonderful.

I would like a chance to meet them all.

Have a great night.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on April 14, 2021:

This is beautiful and sentimental. I love the friendship with nature and all the birds outside my window. There is a very happy mockingbird singing right now. I have a sister who I would say is my best friend. You put a smile on my face today.

Blessings,

Denise

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 14, 2021:

Shauna, I'm delighted to see you here today, my friend! I was thinking today that I hadn't emailed you lately and would remedy that shortly - then here you are! Thank you for popping in when you have such a busy schedule. I'm so glad I don't work any more!

We certainly couldn't do without friends, could we? Vital to our well-being, as you say.

I love your story of the ducks. I think creatures, whatever they are, can sense when a place is welcoming and safe. I know our blackbirds, essentially shy and wary birds, quickly made it clear that they were happy in our garden and would go about their business when we sat at the garden table, easily in their view. What a privilege!

I will send you that email soon. Today some of the children came to our house for the first time in ages. The weather smiled on us and it was wonderful. So I've been busy. Then tomorrow we're all going to a local arboretum which is great for the little ones - lots of room to walk, play, picnic etc. I'm looking forward to that. 3 days on the trot I've been able to see the little ones and that's such a bonus after all the hassle due to Covid. I'm happy!

So it will be Friday when I can do you the justice of enough time to send you a chatty missive. Looking forward to doing that, as I miss our reciprocal chats!

Yes, my Teddy is still important to me. I still talk to him! Ok, so I'm a little batty but I don't care!

Take care, my lovely friend across the pond!

Ann

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 14, 2021:

Brenda: thank you for your comments and don't worry about your reply, short or long. I'm grateful for you taking the time to read and respond.

Yes, pets are great friends, for me especially dogs as I've had a few. We've also had cats but I find dogs more affectionate in general. We did have one lovely tabby cat who loved everybody and purred just about all the time!

I don't make friends quickly either; I need to weigh people up and I'm not quick to trust. However, true friends once made will have my complete devotion. Some people say they have hundreds of friends but I guess they mean acquaintances as you couldn't have time to devote to that many true friends, I don't think.

I do find online friends remarkable. Somehow after time, reading hubbers' writing and comments, we can judge who is a true friend. I'd love to meet lots of the people here, including you.

I hope you're keeping safe and well, Brenda.

Ann

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 14, 2021:

Thank you so much, Mel. I'm glad I've given you some solace from what you seem to find an unfriendly environment. A Rough-Legged Hawk! I've never heard of that one but I love birds of prey. They are so magnificent and usually beautiful. I held a Wedge-Tailed Eagle on my arm in a bird sanctuary in Australia - it was awesome!

I hope you sort out many of your trials and tribulations, Mel, and find some friends to help you. I hope you feel the friendship from this little community - I certainly send you mine.

Ann

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on April 14, 2021:

Ann, you always go above and beyond. No one can ever accuse you of being one-dimensional!

Human friends are special and vital to emotional peace. True friends are few and far between, but those with whom we can cry, laugh, disagree, share, or sit quietly are priceless.

And, yes, we must be friends with and to Nature and Mother Earth if we want the world to thrive. Instead, we destroy without a second thought of the lives that become displaced or in danger of extinction.

Like you, I'm friends with the birds, bees, butterflies, raccoons, 'possoms, and other wild critters that keep our ecological system healthy. I'm always pleased to see wildlife in my yard, for they are welcome at my house. Lately, there's been a family of ducks that come to my yard to feed. I'm not sure what's there that appeals to them, but it always brings a smile to my face.

Love Mr. Teddy! What a treasure that he's spent most of your life with you. Very cool, my friend!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on April 14, 2021:

Ann,

Your words on friendship are inspiring.

It is true that we often have acquaintances, but friends are few and far between.

I love how you show us nature can be our friend. I sometimes believe I feel my best when surrounded by nature.

Not to mention those furry creatures like cats & dogs. Or watching a squirrel play in the yard.

Friendship is definitely a two way street.

I often find myself as a loner. Trust doesn't come easy for me to appreciate in others.

I remember when i was younget carrying my teddy everywhere. Even on away camps like church camp.

Somehow that teddy made me feel safe.

That bond of a wedding ring is the ultimate sign of friendship.

This is a great response to the prompt, but I'm in a bit of a rush right now. I apologize for my comments being short.

I will post a link to the article.

Mel Carriere from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado on April 14, 2021:

As friendless as I am in this new land right now, your poem reminds me that nature is indeed a true friend, a constant friend. Yesterday I spotted a Rough-Legged Hawk soaring, which is a new friend for me, because it is a species of cold, open climates, and we didn't have it in San Diego. If we keep our eyes on the skies, and to the trees and the fresh-blooming daffodils, we can forget our earth-bound trials and tribulations. Beautiful words!

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 14, 2021:

Thank you, Lorna. I'm so glad you're back into the swing at HP. It must have been so hard for you to work in such circumstances. You have my admiration, as it's people like you who keep the world going and help so many people. In other words, you are a good friend to all those you help.

I hope you get some well-earned rest and recoup your energies.

Yes, my Teddy was my constant companion and friend until I went to school. I would cuddle him as I went to sleep. He has always been by my bedside, as now! They are someone to talk to and a big comfort to little children. I'm just a big softie!

Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. I hope you are keeping safe and well.

Ann

Lorna Lamon on April 14, 2021:

A beautiful Hub Ann filled with the nature of friendship and friendship itself. Friends are such an important facet of our lives and your expressive poems sum this up perfectly. Teddy appears to be much loved and treasured. I always considered my teddy to be a friend.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 13, 2021:

Thank you, Mary. Your comment is most appreciated and I'm glad you enjoyed this. You're right that we take much about friendship for granted, especially when thinking about nature.

I hope you're keeping safe and well.

Ann

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 13, 2021:

Thank you, Chrish, for your kind comments.

Ann

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on April 13, 2021:

Hi Ann. I like how you see friendship most especially about friendship being offered everywhere. This is so true though often we take this for granted.

Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on April 13, 2021:

Awww I so loved by how you appreciate the nature Ms Ann, I love birds too and the nature. And you set a wonderful scenic poetry!!! I'm sending lots of love wink wink

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 13, 2021:

Thanks, Flourish. I'm delighted that you enjoyed this. You always do such great summaries of my articles, proving that you read carefully and thoroughly, which I greatly appreciate. In other words, you get it! Thank you.

Ann

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 13, 2021:

Thank you Devika. Friendship is indeed important in our lives. My Teddy has always been part of my life; I couldn't bear to part with him.

The nature around your area always looks astounding, so I'm not surprised that you love it too.

Take care.

Ann

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 13, 2021:

Thank you, Ravi, for such a lovely comment. 'Captivating and elegant' is high praise indeed and I'm so happy that you think so.

I believe we should extend the essence of friendship to everything around us.

Best wishes to you.

Ann

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 13, 2021:

Thanks manatita. I was brought up to love and respect nature and have always been close to it. I have to have trees! Part of my psyche.

I appreciate your kind words.

Ann

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 13, 2021:

Thank you, John, glad you liked this. I appreciate and value your support.

Yes, Brenda's words are inspiring many great hubs. Single words offer lots of interpretations.

Hope all's well with you

Ann

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 13, 2021:

Hello Dora. I geeatly appreciate your warm words. Glad you liked the message. I'm passionate about nature, probably as I lived in a rural setting as a child and was taught about my surroundings and nature in general, by my parents.

Ann

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 13, 2021:

I enjoyed your creative viewpoint on this, from nature to your teddy bear siblings to the internet to those lovely photos. That little bird is so tender, a perfect representation of youth and spring! I like that you saved your childhood pal.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 13, 2021:

Hi Ann friendships are a big part of our lives and having that makes us feel positive, and joyful. I like that you have your Teddy and for that many years is unbelievable! You must treasure it. Nature is beautiful and having to live close to nature makes us feel confident and alive. This is great to hear that you can cope with life as it is and not forget that friendship means a lot.

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on April 12, 2021:

Lovely poem Ann.Your definition of friendship embraces the whole Earth and go beyond humans which is so refreshing. Your words are so captivating and elegant. Thanks for sharing Ann.

manatita44 from london on April 12, 2021:

I love your take on it Ann, as you have brought in nature, like I did. I did not want to write the more direct traditional style. Yes, I used the picture of a child and teddy in mines too. We both have similar ideas sometimes, especially with nature. You're probably an even better nature lover than me.

The prose also enhanced what is an already cute and charming piece.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on April 12, 2021:

Ann, I don’t think you missed anything in this delightful article. Your poetry is impressive. This prompt “friendship” by Brenda has inspired some wonderful writing and this was no exception. Thank you.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on April 12, 2021:

Your "friendship with nature idea" is unique and insightful. The lesson is meaningful. Thank you.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 12, 2021:

Oh Pamela, that's a lovely thing to say. Thank you. I have a tear in my eye.

Birds are special to me. We have so many in the garden and they all seem to be happy that we're near them. Two nest boxes house blue-tits and robins and the blackbird is in the hedge at the side. We even saw a sparrow hawk the other day! I am very aware that nature is good for us and that we must look after it - birds, trees etc.

You never know, we might manage to meet someday; wouldn't that be good?! Nothing's impossible.

You take care too, Pamela.

Ann

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 12, 2021:

This is a wonderful article, Ann. I loved your description of friendship. Your poetry was delightful, and I love how you included the birds. Children talk about best friends forever, and mentioned that too.

I value you as a friend, and I have confided in you before. You are special and i wish I could meet you in person. Take care, Ann.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 12, 2021:

Thank you, Amara, for such a warm comment. I'm glad you enjoyed this and that you like my Teddy Bear!

Take care and keep safe.

Ann

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 12, 2021:

Chitrangada: Thank you so much. I'm glad you liked this and I value your friendship too.

Nature does give us a lot but I'm bothered that so much of it is disappearing. They are making a new railway track here, just to take 20 minutes off the journey from London to Birmingham - and hacking down lots of ancient woodland in the process! Awful!

Take care.

Ann

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 12, 2021:

Thank you, Peggy, for your kind comments.

I'm thankful, too, to have friends like you through HP. It's good to keep in touch other than these comments.

Keep safe!

Ann

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 12, 2021:

Misbah: Thank you very much. I'm glad you enjoyed this. My Teddy is lovely - such memories and he's almost as old as me! He's going to fall apart but I'll never get rid of him.

I appreciate your support.

Ann

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 12, 2021:

Thank you, bill, for such warm words. I do enjoy the friendships here and it's made a big difference to my confidence in my writing. I was so nervous at the beginning!

My Teddy's been through a lot with me. Trouble is, his straw is coming through now!

Hope you have a great week too!

Ann

Amara from Pakistan on April 12, 2021:

It was a fun read, Ann, and I liked your friends.. It seems like you take care of your 70 years old friend very well, what a lovely friend and person you are.. God bless you..

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on April 12, 2021:

A beautiful response to the word prompt friendship. I can completely relate to it. Like you, I find solace in Nature, and love to spend time in my small garden, with blossoms, with birds, with butterflies. Nature only gives, and is a true friend, at all times, in all circumstances.

Loved your poems and the pictures. I cherish your friendship, and I am thankful to all the wonderful friends, on this platform. They have become part of my life.

Thank you for sharing and wish you a happy week.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 12, 2021:

Hi Ann,

You so beautifully described the value of friendships but also included nature. I loved the photos and your poetry. Thanks for being my online friend from across the pond.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on April 12, 2021:

I enjoyed reading your hub, Ann. The poetry is wonderful. I like your 70 years old Teddy Bear Friend. You have cared it like a true friend. I like the nature poem most. You crafted it so beautifully. I loved it.

Blessing and Love

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 12, 2021:

I was just about to shut down for the morning when up you popped.

The picture of your teddy bear . . . priceless!

Your love of nature . . . just one more reason for me to like you, as if I needed any others.

Your poetry . . . first-rate as always!

Your online friendship . . . comforting!

Wishing you a fabulous week in April, my friend!

bill

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