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True Friends

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Ravi is a traveler and foodie who loves to visit off-the-beaten-track places and understand the culture, history and customs behind them.

The Background

2005 was the worst year of my life. I lost my job due to recession. My father died in an accident and my vivacious mother was reduced to an emotional wreck. We were in dire financial straits and were at the mercy of the cruel vagaries of fate that brought us new problems every day. We(my mother and myself) were defeated truly and completely.

It was during these tough times, my friend Avinash came to my rescue. He came in as a glimmer of light during my tough times, bringing in a much-needed rock-solid calmness and clarity of thought. He not only motivated us both and helped us to come out of our distress but also imbibed within me a sense of purpose and making my life worthwhile.

This poem is a tribute to him and his selfless support. Friends like Avinash are hard to get, so if you do get a true friend, do not lose him/her.

This rhyming poem is inspired from Brenda Arledge's word prompt Friendship.


Imagine being alone in a dark room,
filled with uneasiness and gloom.

Your mind refuses to clear,
and your heart is clamped with fear.

The darkness chokes your muddled senses,
you are soon desperate to break all fences.

A feeling comes by and you don’t know why,
you feel like you are soon going to die.

And then you see a glimmer of light,
dispelling the darkness with radiant might.

Hope blooms within you like a flower,
your mind gets a new lease of power.

True friendship is like that glimmer of light,
never let true friends go out of sight.

Comments

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on April 13, 2021:

Thanks Greaney

Sp Greaney from Ireland on April 13, 2021:

That's a lovely poem. It's good that there was someone around to support you during your difficult time.

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on April 13, 2021:

Thanks a lot Chrish for your delightful comments.

Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on April 13, 2021:

You are blessed enough Sir Ravi to have a rainbow in your life. I so love those expressive phrases of yours Sir.Blessings and lots of love!!!!!

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on April 13, 2021:

Thanks Chitangada for your comments.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on April 13, 2021:

Nice of you to acknowledge and appreciate your friend, who helped you in your difficult times. Such true friendships are difficult to find. I am really sorry to know about your father, and the trauma you and your mother had to undergo after that.

Nice response to Brenda’s challenge. Thank you for sharing.

Take care!

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on April 13, 2021:

Thanks Manatita for your comments.

manatita44 from london on April 13, 2021:

I felt for you in the darkness and your story was a touching one. Your friend came and became a great help.

Makes my last poem; indeed the one about 'No Easy Path also, even more meaningful. Glad you came through. We always do, but hope and faith are necessary. Very often the Invisible helps us, though Its visible forms. Excellent poetry also.

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on April 13, 2021:

Thanks Vanita for your thoughtful comments.

Vanita Thakkar on April 13, 2021:

Truthful and beautiful. The concluding lines give a clear and intense message. Loved it. Thanks.

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on April 13, 2021:

Thanks Flourish. Bad times happen and it is only during such times we know the value ( or non-value) of friends

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 13, 2021:

I'm sorry about the death of your father and am glad that your friend was there to comfort you regarding your father's loss, your job loss, and your mother's difficulty with coping.

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on April 13, 2021:

Thanks Devika for your kind comments.

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

You took on this challenge and wrote a beautiful poem.

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on April 13, 2021:

All please do comment on this poem.

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on April 12, 2021:

Thanks Brenda for your comments.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on April 12, 2021:

Ravi,

Thank you so much for sharing this inspirational story of friendship with us.

I am certain this was a devastating time for you & your Mother.

I am so glad that your friend, Avinash was in your life at this time to show you that glimmer of hope.

Your poem is truly a great piece of writing.

Your words paint a picture of what it feels like when we need a friend.

It displays a desperate time when all hope had vanished then a friend shows you a glimmer of light.

I love how you ended it too.

"True friendship is like that glimmer of light,

never let true friends go out of sight."

Fantastic job!

I will post a link on the article.

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on April 12, 2021:

All please do comment on this poem.

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on April 12, 2021:

Thanks Misbah

Misbah from The Planet Earth on April 12, 2021:

A very beautiful poem and a superb response to Brenda's Prompt Challenge. I am glad you are out of your crisis now and that friend of yours is a Gift Of God sent to you so he can help you to get of those tough times. I like these lines,

True friendship is like that glimmer of light,

never let true friends go out of sight.

Thanks for sharing this beautiful piece

Blessings and Peace

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