John has been writing poetry since his school days. He was awarded the "Best Poet 2014 and 2021" Hubby Awards.
Friends are there to listen
When you need a caring ear.
They calm you when you're frightened,
And cowering with fear.
Friends always come to visit
When you feel alone or sad.
They put a smile upon your face,
And sooth you when you're mad.
Friends never ask for payment
When they save you from a jam.
They do it for the pleasure,
And because they give a damn.
Friends can be relied upon
When everything goes wrong.
They tell you it will be ok,
And help you to be strong.
Friends never make harsh judgements
When you stray from what is right.
They try to get you back on track,
And make you see the light.
Friends deserve our services
When we have a hand to give.
They need us to be humble,
And be a friend, in turn, to them.
Friendship is the greatest gift
Our Lord God can bestow.
The best that we can be in life,
Is a friend to all we know.
Making Friends With Trees
"It is possible to strike up a lasting friendship with a tree for it is something more than a piece of wood. It gives off an individual emanation that can attract or repel. A loved tree can become responsive to your moods, sentient and intimate. Many are trees that have afforded me comfort and companionship. There was a certain alder in the Darenth valley; there was a lovely pine on a wild bit of hearthland in Dorset; there was a larch on a Shropshire hillside, an oak in a Sussex glade. There was a mulberry tree in the walled garden of a beautiful old house in Winchelsea, and long, long ago when the world was new, there was a twisted little hawthorn in a London park, beloved by a child and never forgotten."
“Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”
"Friendship consists in forgetting what one gives and remembering what one receives."
– Alexander Dumas
“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.”
― Elbert Hubbard
A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.
– William Shakespeare
“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.”
―A.A. Milne 'Winnie the Pooh'
"I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better."
“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.”
―Henri J.M.Nouwen, Out of Solitude: Three Meditations on the Christian Life
by John Hansen © 2014
Find a special person
Reach out with a smile
Engage them for awhile
Never judge appearances
Don't be anything you aren't
Show interest in their stories
Handshakes play a part
Identify with who they are
Place them in your heart.
"A river is the most human and companionable of all inanimate things. It has a life, a character, a voice of its own, and is as full of good fellowship as a sugar-maple is of sap. It can talk in various tones, loud or low, and of many subjects, grave and gay. Under favourable circumstances it will even make a shift to sing, not in a fashion that can be reduced to notes and set down in black and white on a sheet of paper, but in a vague, refreshing manner, and to a wandering air that goes
'Over the hills and far away.'
For real company and friendship, there is nothing outside of the animal kingdom that is comparable to a river."
... Henry Van Dyke...
© 2014 John Hansen