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A True Friend

Every one should have one,
a best friend such as mine.
She is on call when I need her
as well as when all’s fine.

Of course I really try to be
so good a friend as she,
but I wonder in my secret soul
if that I can ever be.

I can tell her my deepest secrets
and know she will not tell.
If I tire when we’re out walking,
She’ll slow and wait a spell.

She is glad when I win accolades,
truly sorry when I lose.
She doesn’t talk of me to others 
except to share good news.

She’ll quickly come to my defense
if my good name is slurred
and states that no one should believe
the silly lie they’ve heard.

Friendships must be nourished is
a truth she surely lives
and in misunderstandings
she’s the first one who forgives.

A true friend can be rarer
than the most elusive gem
and my friend is of all friends 
at very least ... crème de la crème. 

For contest "What a Friend Really Is."


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  1. Date: 5/2/2013 4:05:00 PM
    Joyce; Your poem is very beautiful. It is good to have a best friend. One that you can count on. I too have a friend like that. Congratulations on your win and thanks for reading my poem....Lucilla

  1. Date: 5/1/2013 6:31:00 PM
    Joyce, CONGRATULATIONS... friendship can be a very sweet feeling.. love your meaning.... :-) *LINDA

  1. Date: 4/30/2013 5:21:00 PM
    Congratulations in the contest Joyce, you wrote a good one here, excellent rhymning and sentiment. Take care, Richard

  1. Date: 4/30/2013 6:40:00 AM
    Joyce, creme de la creme is right! Congrats!

  1. Date: 4/30/2013 3:44:00 AM
    Wonderful poem, Joyce,..congrats back and thnx!! Jag

  1. Date: 4/29/2013 10:51:00 PM
    Big Congrats on your clever write and win~A.O

  1. Date: 4/29/2013 9:39:00 PM
    A friend should come to your defense...I loved this Joyce...congratulations

  1. Date: 4/29/2013 8:34:00 PM
    a gem of a poem...congrats on your win

  1. Date: 4/22/2013 8:59:00 AM
    This is a beautiful piece. The sense of simplicity & innocence knows no bounds here. Great job!