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Thoughts of Friendship

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."

...Patience Strong...


Friendship Quotes

“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.”

Albert Camus

"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."

– Plutarch

“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

Initiate conversation

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

"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


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on August 08, 2017:

Thanks for returning and enjoying, Shyron. Cheers.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on August 08, 2017:

I am back to re-read this amazing article again, an it is just as amazing as the first time I read it.

Blessings my friend

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on August 14, 2015:

Me too Audrey, where would we be without trees?

Audrey Howitt from California on August 14, 2015:

I have a special affinity for trees. Great to read this today John!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 21, 2014:

Hi Glenn good to see you. Thanks for the great comment.

Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on December 21, 2014:

It's beautiful how you relate friendship with the analogies that you use. The tree in one poem and the river in another are great comparisons to express the meanings of friendship.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on November 14, 2014:

Thank you so much for such a lovely comment LadyFiddler, as well as the vote up and share. Blessings to you.

Joanna Chandler from On Planet Earth on November 14, 2014:

Hi Jodah this was extremely beautiful i love everything about it, your poems, the lessons with the tree and the river. I adore nature so i can see myself making friends with a tree. Just this morning i was admiring the luscious mountains ummm ummm! LOL

Keep up the lovely work my friend

Voted up, beautiful, awesome, interesting and I am sharing this :)

Raine Law Yuen from Cape Town on July 04, 2014:

Keep up the great writing and visuals.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 04, 2014:

Thank you for reading Raine. I am glad you were touched by these words.

Raine Law Yuen from Cape Town on July 03, 2014:

Thank you for your inspiring words. It touched my heart.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 03, 2014:

Thank you for reading Rachael. I appreciate that comment.

Rachael O'Halloran from United States on July 03, 2014:

This is a beautiful hub, Jodah. I liked it very much.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 30, 2014:

Sorry Raine...thanks for reading anyway, and that you are now following me...just saw that notification pop up.. :)

Raine Law Yuen from Cape Town on June 30, 2014:

Now you put a tear in my eye.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 09, 2014:

Yes Stricktlydating, I agree...thans.

StrictlyQuotes from Australia on June 09, 2014:

Here's to friendship! Yay! :)

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 17, 2014:

Oh Shyron, sorry about making you relive that scary memory, but I'm glad it ended well for you. Sounds like you had a guardian angel. Glad to hear you have trees as friends too. Thank you for the kind words, glad you enjoyed.t

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on May 17, 2014:

Oh... John, the first stanza, brought a scary memory, of my cousin and I huddled together as a man we did not know sat on the side of the bed trying to decide which one of us he wanted.

Then the door opened and the moonlight made an aura around the figure who had to duck to come through the door and silently approached the man sitting on the bed and lifted him by the shirt collar and marching him out the door backwards.

I also love my trees. My husband bought me a Live Oak for my birthday, and I had an orange tree, that when I carressed the leaves, it gave off a fragrence of oranges.

I enjoyed this very much, the pictures are wonderful.


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 10, 2014:

Thank you for reading and your kind comment mystic our. It is always good to see a new face reading my hubs. Welcome to Hub Pages, I am sure you will enjoy the writing experience and the community here. I love poetry as well so look forward to reading your writing also. I recommend using various types of media to help give your poetry hubs a reasonable score as they don't tend to rate as high as 'how to' articles, 'recipes' and the like. I am glad you enjoyed reading this.

Steven Matthew Foster from Kansas City, Missouri on May 10, 2014:

Very well written prose... I was born a poet and I enjoy your unforced delivery... I am new to hubpages, but am a lifelong poet... I like how you incorporate different media under your theme for your poem, it is an excellent strategy and well put together... I got much incite from your hub and have absorbed much from it...

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 09, 2014:

Thank you for your kind and insightful comment Thandie. Good friendship is rare and should be treasured as a valuable resource.Yes it endures and is the basis for happy memories.

Alexander Thandi Ubani from Lagos on May 08, 2014:

Awesome job, Jodah. Friendship is indeed one of the greatest gifts ever. When you get a true friend, always treasure 'em. Like the picture of the kid and the grown handsome man, true friendship endures the ages. It is a tale of many nourishing memories. Great piece!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 07, 2014:

Thank you Harishprasad. I am so glad when something I write has that effect on someone. Friendship is so important to us all, and I am pleased that you want to return to this from time to time. Thanks for the vote up.

Harish Mamgain from New Delhi , India on May 07, 2014:

What a treasure you have brought forth about friends and friendship ! It is heartening that the quotes you have included take the concept of friendship such far as to treat trees and river as friends. I loved reading both of your poems - friends and friendship including the great quotes. I would love to return to this hub more often, it is such a fantastic material. Voted up.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 06, 2014:

Thank you so much Jo, for your kind words, as well as the vote up and share and tweet. Glad you enjoyed reading this hub.

Jo_Goldsmith11 on May 06, 2014:

I just so loved this. "Share your blessings more than you share your problems". How so very true this needs to be remembered. You are a blessing to read. And I voted up all the way. Shared this blessing with others even in twitter land. Great imagery and photos are beautiful too!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 04, 2014:

Kim my friend, thank you for such a touching and beautiful comment. True friends should be cherished, and I cherish your fiendship. It seems the 'dogwood tree' has a special spot in a lot of people's hearts. I don't think I have ever seen one here in Australa, so I'm missing something. Thank you for the vote up.

ocfireflies from North Carolina on May 03, 2014:

This hub is so beautiful in so many ways. For me, there is a Dogwood Tree, that know so much of me. How I miss being able to climb up in it and sit and think. For me, there are friends I know that we can go for long periods of time and soon as we see each other, pick back up without missing a rhyme. Then there is HP where I have found friends like you, sweet, supportive and forever true. V+ of course.

A Friend Always,

ocfireflies aka Kim

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 02, 2014:

Thanks for reading Lady_E, and for your kind comment. Friendship needs to be celebrated.

Elena from London, UK on May 01, 2014:

Beautiful tribute to friendship.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 01, 2014:

Thank you for reading this hub Ryem. I am glad these quotes and poems resonate with you. No matter how tough life seems, if you have friends to support you, or even just to talk to, you can get through and see the better side of life.

Ryem from Maryland on April 30, 2014:

I love these quotes and poems, Jodah. They can really soften a person's heart and make them appreciate their friendships. Thanks for sharing!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 30, 2014:

Is their anything more special than friendship Alicia? I think not. Thanks for your kind words.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 30, 2014:

Thanks for reading Audrey. Yes it definitely is.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 30, 2014:

Hi Nell, it's sad that you lost your two best friends. Often we don't tell people how special they are to us until it's too late. I also feel we can love things in nature like trees and rivers, and feel some relationship with them.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 30, 2014:

Thanks Flourish, it was a last minute addition to build up the hub.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 30, 2014:

Thank you for reading Vellur. Glad you enjoyed these thoughts.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 30, 2014:

Hi Gypsy, thank you for your kind comment and for passing ths on. Glad you enjoyed the read.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on April 29, 2014:

This is a lovely tribute to friendship. A true friend is wonderful indeed, as you have expressed so well in this hub, Jodah.

Audrey Howitt from California on April 29, 2014:

Beautiful hub John! Friendship is indeed a wonderful thing!

Nell Rose from England on April 29, 2014:

Friendships are so precious especially when you lose that person, you didn't realise just how amazing they were. I have lost my two best friends, and think about them every day. I also love sitting down the river by the trees, I love trees too and do see them as living creatures if you like, wonderful hub Jodah.

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 29, 2014:

I especially enjoyed your acrostic poem, John! Well done!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on April 29, 2014:

Great poems, beautiful thoughts. Enjoyed reading.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on April 29, 2014:

Absolutely delightful. Love the pictures. Great tribute to friendship. Passing this on.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 29, 2014:

Thanks Frank, I am on a run of inspiration at the moment.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 29, 2014:

Thank you for your kind comment Phyllis. Glad you enjoyed this hub. I greatly appreciate your friendship too :)

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 29, 2014:

I am so pleased that these poems reminded you of your dear friend Julie, Audrey. We all need and deserve unconditional love. Many only get it from their animals. I am glad you had such a wonderful friend. Blessings.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on April 29, 2014:

amazing and wonderfully done Jodah :)

Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on April 28, 2014:

Jodah, this is so wonderfully beautiful and delightful. It is a reminder to all of just how important friends are in life. After reading this hub of yours, I feel my heart opening even more to all the dear friends in my life. A friend is a gift to treasure, just as you are. Thank you for who you are.

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on April 28, 2014:

Your beautiful poetry reminds me of Julie, my best friend, who is now with the angels. She taught me how to love myself. Her love for me was unconditional. ~ Blessings Jodah ~ Audrey

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 28, 2014:

You are too kind Suzette. So pleased you loved this hub, the poems and could relate to the river as a friend. Thanks for sharing about your friend and yourself and the Cuyahoga River too.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 28, 2014:

I agree Jamie, you can't get too many more important topics than 'friendship'. Thanks for reading and enjoying.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 28, 2014:

Yes Eric, I would have still been in slumber 6 hours ago when you commented. Nope, I'm not a beautiful person. It's all an act..lol. Hmm...value, well being upside down on the other side of the world, there's only a few loose coins falling from my pockets...seriously, I appreciate your kind words. Thanks pal.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 28, 2014:

Thank you Shauna. The only problem with this being your favourite of mine so far is that now I have to keep trying to better it...haha. Seriously, I am glad you liked it.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 28, 2014:

I'm glad this started your day well Rachael. I hope it just got better and better after that. Thank you for your more than generous comment, vote up and share.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 28, 2014:

Hello Faith, it's always good to see a comment from you waiting my reply. I hope you had a wonderful day off. I am glad you enjoyed this friendship hub, and can relate to having trees as friends as well. Thanks for the tweet, pin and share too...oh and the 'up' as always.

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on April 28, 2014:

I love this hub! This is everything that friendship is. I love your poem that you begin with. It is oh so true! I love the end, too, that describes the river as a friend. Last week and cousin of mine and a friend came to my city and we went to a restaurant for dinner that had a beautiful view of the Cuyahoga River (Crooked River) here in NE Ohio. It brought out our friendship and memories of fun times together.

Jamie Lee Hamann from Reno NV on April 28, 2014:

Incredible Jodah, what an enjoyable read about a topic that is very important. Jamie

Eric Wayne Flynn from Providence, Rhode Island on April 28, 2014:

Only a beautiful person gives this type of energy to their words. I bet my money you're a great person with value. My friend down under on another slumber.


Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on April 28, 2014:

Jodah, I think this is my favorite hub of yours so far. I was pleased to see there was more to come after the first poem. Beautifully written and very uplifting!

Rachael O'Halloran from United States on April 28, 2014:

What a beautiful hub to start my day with. I loved it! You truly have the gift of rhyme. I love the quotes you chose to include, this is simply perfection in construction and photos. Voted up and shared.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on April 28, 2014:

Beautifully written ... the entire hub is lovely. Friendship is indeed a special kind of love. I love both of your poems of course. I also love what you have shared about the tree and the river. I am reminded when I was a child growing up of all the beautiful dogwood trees that filled our backyard, and they were all my friends, especially in the Spring when they were in bloom : )

Great photos too.

Up and more, tweeting, pinning and sharing

Blessings for a great Monday and week ahead. I am truly enjoying my Monday as I have the day off today.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 28, 2014:

That is so very true dragonfly. You are welcome.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 28, 2014:

I don't mind at all if you add the quote shanmarie. Thanks for reading and your kind comment.

Shannon Henry from Texas on April 28, 2014:

Love this hub! The first poem is so true and the advice from the tree is great! The last quote grabbed my attention. Mind if I add it to my newest hub?

dragonflycolor on April 28, 2014:

Friends keep you sane when your family is driving you crazy. :) Thanks, Jodah!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 28, 2014:

thank you Bill, always great to get a visit and comment from you.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 28, 2014:

We have here an abundance of beautiful thoughts. Bravo, John! Well done!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 28, 2014:

Thanks Ruby. Yes frends are so important. Glad you enjoyed the pictures. Hae a good day.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 28, 2014:

Glad you enjoyed these works MsDora. I have read a few works by Patience Strong recently and was blown away with her insights on life and the world around. I am glad to give you a reminder, and thanks for your kind words also.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 28, 2014:

Thank you for your compliments Devika. Yes friendship is the most important thing in the world.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 28, 2014:

Thank you for being the first to read and comment on this one Eric. Funny how some people just consider trees and rivers etc as inanimate objects, and others like us, treat them as friends. I am glad you enjoyed this hub.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on April 28, 2014:

This is simply outstanding in rhyme and heart. What would we do or be without friends? I loved the pictures...

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on April 28, 2014:

Friendship is a very special topic, and both of your poems treat it admirably. I especially like your ending in the first one. I have not seen or heard mention of Patience Strong for a long time. I loved her work. thanks for including her "Making Friends with Trees." Altogether enjoyable!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 28, 2014:

A friendship is important and should be true from the heart. A beautiful poem here showing such greatness in friendship and the way you planned the image setting is most incredible.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on April 28, 2014:

Wonderfully done. I liked the combination, for I have a stream, a creek and a river that I call friends. Growing up in arid land, we probably did not consider them inanimate. Rather closer to God's fingers. Loved this hub.

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