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The Wounds From a Friend

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The Wounds From a Friend

Proverbs 27: 6-  Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.

The words you said cut down to my soul
My friend, you did that to make me whole

You love me too much to cover up
So you help me drink that bitter cup

You simply won’t let me play the fool
So you help me live the “Golden Rule”

You’re not pleased with my “Let’s just pretend!”
My faults you help me to comprehend

Funny, I’d rather be hurt by you
Than be kissed by him who is untrue

The wounds you inflict are meant to save
And when I fight back, you remain brave

Your love keeps my heart from doing wrong
Your faith in me keeps me going strong

You will not leave me in my dark night
And though it hurts, you turn on the light

You keep that drug just out of my reach
Your restraining arms, your only "speech"

You know when to wound, and how to heal
My deepest sorrow is yours to feel

What I’m trying to say, my friend, is this
Your friendship to me is heaven’s kiss

Entry for Becca's "Friend" contest. April 22, 2013

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  1. Date: 5/1/2013 6:26:00 PM
    Hi Eileen, CONGRATULATIONS... friendship can be a very sweet feeling.. :-) *LINDA

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 5/1/2013 6:27:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Linda...thanks ever so much! Yes, friendship is grand. :) Hugs.
  1. Date: 4/30/2013 9:22:00 AM
    I do hope you are not going to go all high and mighty on me now lol Congratulations Miss Congeniality lol You did a great job. Take care, Richard

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 5/1/2013 6:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Excuse me...did I hear someone talk? High and mighty indeed! ;) Well, I could play the part pretty well! ;) I'm Miss Congeniality...so, does that mean I look like Sandra Bullock!
  1. Date: 4/30/2013 6:18:00 AM
    Awesome job, Eileen...this is so true....Congrats!

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 5/1/2013 6:27:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, Caleb. My first ever contest entry. :) I'm happy.
  1. Date: 4/29/2013 9:00:00 PM
    This is really an awesome write. Big Congrats, Eileen~A.O

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 4/30/2013 2:27:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks ever so much, A.O. Glad you liked it.
  1. Date: 4/29/2013 8:45:00 PM
    Oh Eileen..congratulations.. this is beautiful..MD

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 4/30/2013 2:29:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    MD...you're beautiful, my dear! I bet if I wrote something horrid you'd still love and support me because that is who you are. I do love you! <3
  1. Date: 4/29/2013 5:44:00 PM
    A great definition of a true friend. Congratulations on your win. Love, Joyce

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 4/30/2013 2:30:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks every so much, Joyce. I appreciate your post!
  1. Date: 4/26/2013 8:05:00 AM
    You may want to edit and remove your name being you have entered in Becca's contest. It's a great poem and I am sure it will do well.

  1. Date: 4/23/2013 8:50:00 AM
    Love this one Eileen, what i sso beautiful you always come out with beautiful poems, that makes one wants to read them again and again. Love Terry

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 4/30/2013 2:26:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, Therese. Congrats on your win, my dear! :) You are welcome to read anytime! Sweet of you! Hugs!
  1. Date: 4/23/2013 2:45:00 AM
    Love this one Eileen a friend is a powerful thing xx

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 4/23/2013 2:46:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Amen to that, my dear! Amen to that! :)
  1. Date: 4/22/2013 11:12:00 PM
    What Richard said about Becca judging (it seems to me the decision would be too hard for they are all so good). This reminds me of a time I read a Facebook post "After hearing that your best friend wanted to divorce his wife, he said who needs her anyway, and then helped him pack his things. He then when onto say I wish my friend would have said heck no! You go back there and work things out! 'Till death do we part not 'till one of us gets bored". That's what a TRUE friend would have done.

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 4/23/2013 1:47:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Yes, Timothy! It isn't always easy to take the hard way and have to make someone face issues that they don't want to deal with. I remember when a friend straight out told me I was being spoiled. He didn't like my "attitude". Well...didn't talk to him for a time, but I realized it came out of love. He loved me too much to leave me that way. It is a risk...but one worth taking! Hugs!
    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 4/22/2013 11:14:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I didn't want to end so early. But basically the moral is that even though hearing that was hard to hear from a friend, it was what NEEDED to be said. And that's more important than saying something just to make him feel better in that moment...
  1. Date: 4/22/2013 6:27:00 PM
    I wouldn't want to be Becca judging this contest, she might lose some friends lol. Anyway, (Miss I don't do contests), what's going on here? Take care, Richard

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 4/22/2013 9:13:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    There is always a first time for everything. We will see how this one goes and how I feel afterwards. Then...we will take it from there! You know me so well! :)
  1. Date: 4/22/2013 4:18:00 PM
    Wow Eileen, love this heartfelt write! Sounds like you have been blessed with an amazing friend who loves you dearly. Hugs

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 4/22/2013 9:14:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, Cecilia. I do have a few precious friends who make my life beautiful! :) Thanks for the visit!
  1. Date: 4/22/2013 3:50:00 PM
    very meaningful, it is important to know the heart of the one who has hurt you and try to understand the reasons. Either way being hurt is never easy. very thoughtful poem.

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 4/22/2013 9:15:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Yes, Richard. Reasons and motives do make a world of difference. Thanks for stopping by.
  1. Date: 4/22/2013 3:44:00 PM
    wow, Eileen.... this is a blissful friend. Good luck int he contest...Linda

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 4/22/2013 9:15:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Linda...thank you for being the sweet supportive person you are! :) Hugs!
  1. Date: 4/22/2013 3:37:00 PM
    well said, although sometimes those well-meaning words are very tough to hear!

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 4/22/2013 9:12:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Ilene, they are, but sometimes we need to hear them. A true friend doesn't cover up areas that you need to work on. I know it is hard, but it is needed! Thanks for stopping by! Hugs!
  1. Date: 4/22/2013 1:56:00 PM
    Nicely written Eileen, your profound words hit home, take care Princess Ghali, like to think of you that way xxx

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 4/22/2013 2:12:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    YOU ARE SO SO SWEET! :) BTW...just for your info...Ghali in Arabic, means valuable! Since my husband is an Egyptian, I've taken his last name to honor him. My maiden name is Manassian. I'm Armenian! :) Well, you call me what you like, my dear! Hugs! :)