Poetry : A True Friend

Updated on October 31, 2019
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I have been writing poems and short stories for years, some of which I have published independantly. I also blog. Writing is a loved hobby.

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.”

— C.S. Lewis

DEAR ONE, life is not as it seems it is,
There is more to life than toils or bliss;
Great is the gift of learning all you can,
Greater is the gift of a True Friend.
A friend is a teacher of the facts of life,
A friend is a helper in your many strives;
A friend is a mirror which pictures yourself,
To turn you into the better person you crave;
But in seeking a friend, beware of the impostor,
Who won’t hesitate to make you suffer.

An impostor is as vile as he is cunning,
A friend he is if you support his living.
He stands by you like a loved one,
In truth he seeks you for he is in want;
He is nowhere when you are in need,
(‘tis true, a friend in need, is a friend indeed)
External a friend, internal a foe,
Kindly he seems, but in truth a sore.
So dear one, see, ‘tis better to be alone,
Then to have a ‘friend’ who’s a prickly thorn.

But a true friend, dear, is so hard to seek,
‘Friends’ everywhere, yet no friend to pick!
A friend for comfort, a friend who supports,
A friend who generously gives all he’s got.
Yet somewhere, anywhere, there is someone,
Someone who regards you as a loved one;
The one who will give before you ask,
Someone who is a friend of virtue in vast.
Dear one, seek him, and him alone,
For priceless is his friendship which you will own.

Yet hard will be the journey to take,
Suffer you will for this friend’s sake;
For a friend in a million can be more troublesome,
Then a foe you regard as truly loathsome;
But be not discouraged – ‘tis only a test,
To see if of this friend you’re worthy or less;
Your worthiness to test as his sincerity you seek,
When among others him alone you pick.
And remember, the friendship you acquire is the fortune you gain,
The friendship of a true and honest friend.


“If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together… there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart… I'll always be with you.”

— Winnie The Pooh

© 2019 Lynne Samuel

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    • lynnes75 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lynne Samuel 

      10 months ago from Malaysia

      Indeed. It's worth a try. Thank you manatita44

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      manatita44 

      10 months ago from london

      Yes, sincere friendship is to be encouraged. You seem to know that wisdom is necessary. Be ever alert, but yes, we have to try. Instructive poetry.

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      Lynne Samuel 

      10 months ago from Malaysia

      Such kind words. Thank you, Dora.

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      Dora Weithers 

      10 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for this tribute to friendship. Your poem captured so much of what goes in to such a relationship. ""Yet somewhere, anywhere, there is someone, Someone who regards you as a loved one." Very comforting. Thanks also for including the warning.

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      Asad Dillz Khan 

      10 months ago from United Kingdom

      You're Welcome!

    • lynnes75 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lynne Samuel 

      10 months ago from Malaysia

      So true, Asad. Thank you so much.

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      Asad Dillz Khan 

      10 months ago from United Kingdom

      Friends who are always there for you, both in times of need and happiness, is a good sign of loyalty. True friendships can start instantly but they take time to build.

      Very Beautiful Poem Lynne. Well written and Well expressive.

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      Lynne Samuel 

      10 months ago from Malaysia

      So true, Brenda. We all have experiences attesting to this. Thank you.

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      BRENDA ARLEDGE 

      10 months ago from Washington Court House

      It is great to find a true friend, but it is also true that it can be alot of work.

      There are many who claim to be your friend ..but alas they are only acquaintances.

      True friendship is a blessed treasure...keep them.

    • lynnes75 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lynne Samuel 

      10 months ago from Malaysia

      I feel the same, Lorna. Thank you for your kind words. Trully encouraging.

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      Lynne Samuel 

      10 months ago from Malaysia

      Thank you for reading, Iqra. That's how I feel about friendship too.

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      Iqra 

      10 months ago from Pakistan

      I love it... That's what friendship is all about! Well-said....beautiful poem..

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      Lorna Lamon 

      10 months ago

      I love this beautiful poem which captures the essence of true friendship. I believe that friends are the family we choose for ourselves.

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