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Poem: The Pleasure and Joy of an Old Friendship

For the past decade, MsDora has been sharing poetry, creative writing, positive quotes, and reflections online. Her aim is life enrichment.

"Cardinal Pair" by Laura Perlick. Text added.

"Cardinal Pair" by Laura Perlick. Text added.

An old friend who is also a close friend is a divine favor. This is the kind of friend who guarantees our acceptance just the way we are, and shares our joys as well as our sorrows. Everyone deserves a close friend; and every close friend deserves some appreciation.

The following poem expresses my appreciation for all those who have shared a close friendship with me at any time in my life. Most have moved on, but the impact of a wholesome friendship always remain. The celebrations, the stories, the laughter as well as the difficulties we shared contributed to our survival then and now. Long live each of our old friends!

If these lines are appropriate expressions for any of the close friendships which you, my readers enjoy, please feel free to use them. Also, enjoy the "old friends" quotes after the poem.

To My Old and Becoming-Old Friends

To love without having to prove it;
To be loved without reason to doubt it;
To reach for a hand without any fear;
To embrace just because we are standing near;
To whisper secrets in each other’s ear—
The pleasure and joy in an old friendship.

To be fond but not too familiar;
To respect the views that are dear to each;
To not take for granted the love we share;
To not neglect showing much we care;
To not be ashamed when our souls we bare
Add pleasure and joy to an old friendship.

"Close Friends" by Akshathiren.  Text added.

"Close Friends" by Akshathiren. Text added.

To look forward to time together;
To long for comfort from each other’s words;
To be sixty and laugh about age ten;
To measure the difference twixt boys and men;
To share important first times, telling when
Share pleasure and joy in an old friendship.

To point out faults but not criticize;
To tell the truth without selfish reason;
To depend on each other when there’s need
To come to the rescue with greatest speed;
To forgive as part of our friendship creed
Show pleasure and joy in an old friendship.

To be present when there’s severe pain;
To be the one who stays when others leave;
To be trusted when other friendships fail;
To know feelings not spoken in detail
To be the proof that love and goodness prevail;
Seal pleasure and joy in an old friendship.

- Poem written by Dora Isaac Weithers.

"Rostgänse" by 4028mdk09. Text added.

"Rostgänse" by 4028mdk09. Text added.

One Dozen "Old Friends" Quotes

(1) It takes a long time to grow an old friend. – John Leonard

(2) There is no friend like an old friend who has shared our morning days, no greeting like his welcome, no homage like his praise. – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

(3) True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity, before it is entitled to the appellation. – George Washington

(4) It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

(5) Remember that the most valuable antiques are dear old friends. – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

(6) No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other's worth. – Robert Southey

(7) Old wine and friends improve with age. – Italian Proverb

(8) One old friend is better than two new ones. – Yiddish Proverb

(9) I had rather be shut up in a very modest cottage with my books, my family and a few old friends . . . than to occupy the most splendid post, which any human power can give. ― Thomas Jefferson

(10) The best mirror is an old friend. – Proverb

(11) We need to start our old friendship when we’re young. We then have to nurture and grow those friendships over our middle age when a busy life and changing geographies can cause us to neglect those friends. Today is the day to invest in those people we hope will call us “old friend” in the years to come. – Grant Fairley

(12) The happiest of all things is when an old friend comes and greets us as in former times; the heart is comforted with the assurance that some day everything that we have loved will be given back to us. ― Johanna Spyri

© 2013 Dora Weithers


Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 26, 2020:

Nithya, friendship is a real blessing. I have survived lots of difficulties because of friends. Thanks for your comment.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on April 24, 2020:

Beautiful poem about friendship, it is a blessing to have close friends who accept us the way we are. I enjoyed reading the poem and quotes. Thank you for sharing.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 01, 2019:

Brenda, it's a real blessing; but in the absence of older friends, newer friends also bring wonderful advantages. Thanks for your input.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on July 27, 2019:

It is rare to still have friendships from such a young age. Count yourself lucky.

Friendship is a true blessing to have, one you can be yourself around.

Good write.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 13, 2018:

Thanks, Tim. I'm happy for you and your friend--and your spouses. Friendships like you all have are precious!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 13, 2018:

Manatita, the significance of being first friends will never lose value.

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on August 12, 2018:

Thank you for these wonderful words and beautiful poem, Ms. Dora. My best friend, who I've known for fifteen years, currently teaches in China now. She is a kind and wonderful person who finally found her husband after all of these years. I regretted I couldn't be there. But she reminds me that Lori and I gave her the courage to keep striving. Thank you for such a pleasant and yet powerful work to help us treasure those special friendships like my wife and I have with our friend across the world.

Much respect and admiration,



manatita44 from london on July 30, 2016:

And friends disagree sometimes. I always think of you as an old friend. The first here on Hub Pages, and you have also helped and inspired me in many ways. My thoughts to your mother in Heaven. Glory be!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 30, 2016:

Thanks again, Manatita. Two years have passed since your first comment, and you are on your way to becoming an old friend. I appreciate you.

manatita44 from london on July 30, 2016:

Well, this poem seems fresh. I note that I have commented before but I always say that the Spirit changes or 'shifts' from day to day.

This is truly a worthwhile, meaningful and wholesome poem, full of inspiration and perhaps more readers will earn value from it.

A truly dear thing, Friendship, and one that Sri Chinmoy always encouraged. Loving Hub!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 22, 2015:

Snakeslane, I love that Emerson quote too. Thanks for your affirmation.

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on September 22, 2015:

MsDora, Your poem rings true, and clear as a bell, an old friend is a treasure. I love the joy and humor in your words, the photos are lovely, and the quotes are great. I especially like this one:

4) It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them. – Ralph Waldo Emerson (not sure why, but it seems apt :)

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 26, 2015:

Foemeno, I'm not sure whether your comment says something good or bad about my poem, but I'm glad that you read it. Grateful.

David Charles from New York on February 25, 2015:

How the hell are the worst poets the most popular, i mean really?

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 19, 2015:

Thanks Best of Aying. I wish you sweet, lasting friendships as well; you deserve them. I appreciate your vote.

Best of Aying from Philippines on January 18, 2015:

This poem described a friendship that was able to stand the test of time. I do hope that the friendships the I built would last like what you have MsDora. I voted up because it's beautiful!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 03, 2014:

Thanks, Crystal. Welcome to my HubCircle.

Crystal Hubbard from Jacksonville, Florida on August 02, 2014:

I really love this poem very talented

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 14, 2014:

Coming from you, Manatita, that makes my day.

manatita44 from london on February 14, 2014:

Cute and sweet. Thank you so much!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 14, 2014:

Sally, I agree. Old friends are very valuable; but there are some new ones who make as great an impact. Thank you for your friendship, and Happy Valentine's to you.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 14, 2014:

Word, Happy Valentine's to you. Thanks for being my friend.

Sally Gulbrandsen from Norfolk on February 14, 2014:

MsDora - I love this hub - to me good friends are the ones who when distance and time separate them for whatever reason are able when they finally get back together again, are able to take up the friendship just where it was left off. I love some of the quotes - though I hope that the Yiddish Proverbe does hold true - I know I have discovered a new friend who I am sure l be every bit as good as two old ones.

Best wishes on Valentine's day


Al Wordlaw from Chicago on February 14, 2014:

Happy Valentine's Day MsDora! Friendship is invaluable as old, even now and when new. Thanks, so much, for the friendship in you.

Anna Haven from Scotland on November 01, 2013:

Friends are like anchors in each other' s lives. No matter what else changes they remain steady. Your poem captured this truth really well.

ignugent17 on March 19, 2013:

Such a wonderful poem. I also enjoy reading your quotes. Having old friends is always a blessing. Thanks for sharing. :-)

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 07, 2013:

Sid, please be happy about the friends you have. Perhaps there's something special about the one you've had the longest.

Sid Kemp from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) on March 06, 2013:

Thank you. This makes me feel sad, for I have no friends from childhood. But I still really appreciate it. Voted up and awesome.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 25, 2013:

Well said, Deborah. Old friends are treasures.

Deborah Neyens from Iowa on February 25, 2013:

A good reminder that we should never take our old friends for granted. Nicely done.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 24, 2013:

Alocsin, please do. It makes me happy when other people find my hubs useful. Thanks for your encouragement.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on February 24, 2013:

I think I'll forward this hub to some old friends. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 22, 2013:

DDE, there's so much more we can say about true friendship. Thanks for your valuable input.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 22, 2013:

Mhatter99, I appreciate your encouragement. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 22, 2013:

A friend should be by your side through your worst times and show empathy a true friend is rare voted up!

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on February 21, 2013:

Thank you for sharing so beautifully your perspectives on this.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 21, 2013:

Dee, that is so sweet- both your comment and your call to your friend. Thanks for the encouragement.

Dee aka Nonna on February 21, 2013:

Ms Dora, this is wonderful. After reading it I picked up the phone and called a wonderful and good friend that I haven't talked with in a while. We had a wonderful time catching up. Thank you for the beauty you gave to us through your words.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 21, 2013:

Thank you torrilynn, for your encouragement.

torrilynn on February 21, 2013:

very beautiful hub about friendships. nice. voted up.

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