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Poem: The Pleasure and Joy of an Old Friendship

Updated on December 31, 2016
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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.

Christmas (2016) with College Friends from over 40 Years Ago

Oh What Fun!
Oh What Fun! | Source

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 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.


My primary school friend gets married and I am there.
My primary school friend gets married and I am there. | Source

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 proof that love and goodness prevail;

Seal pleasure and joy in an old friendship.


- Poem written by Dora Isaac Weithers.


One of my newer American friends visiting my island will one day be an old friend.
One of my newer American friends visiting my island will one day be an old friend. | Source

Ten “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) The best mirror is an old friend. – Proverb

(10) 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

© 2013 Dora Isaac Weithers

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      very beautiful hub about friendships. nice. voted up.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thank you torrilynn, for your encouragement.

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      Dee aka Nonna 4 years ago

      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.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

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

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for sharing so beautifully your perspectives on this.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

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

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

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

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

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

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

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

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

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

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

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

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Well said, Deborah. Old friends are treasures.

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      Sid Kemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

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

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

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

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

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

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

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

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      Word 3 years ago from Chicago

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

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      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

      Sally

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

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

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      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.

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      manatita44 3 years ago from london

      Cute and sweet. Thank you so much!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Coming from you, Manatita, that makes my day.

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      Crystal Hubbard 2 years ago from Tulsa,Ok

      I really love this poem very talented

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Crystal. Welcome to my HubCircle.

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      Best of Aying 2 years ago from Philippines

      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!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

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

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      David Charles 2 years ago from New York

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

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      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.

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      snakeslane 18 months ago from Canada

      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 :)

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 18 months ago from The Caribbean

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

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      manatita44 8 months ago from london

      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!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 8 months ago from The Caribbean

      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.

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      manatita44 8 months ago from london

      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!

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