All I Have in Life

All I Have in Life

My joyful 'witchy' friend
thinks only good of ev'ryone
She taught me how love works
conspires constantly with angels;
captured my soul in water colors
She's the true spirit of friendship

My two sensitive new friends
have allowed illness to intrude
and all I have to give them
are paper orchids and good wishes
and butterflies of poetry
Now I hope they listen to their inner truths
They are the reasons for friendship

Then there are my false friends
They faded like fog from daylight
They mystified me, made me feel regret
I try, to seldom think of them
For they were not friendship

I have friends who are 
drama queens, they add 'delight,'
my favourite word, and often they
can be as distant as a mountains
and as purposely absurd
I treasure moments with them
They are the poetry of friendship

 I have friends whose children revolve,
like tiny planets, around them
I have friends  filled with passion 
too deep for expression
and some who never seem to lift their heads 
above clouds of depression
They are the longings of friendship

I have friends whose expectations, 
I failed to live out, and so they left 
I have friends in far away places that 
I'm always promising to revisit
I have friends with whom I share a perfect affinity
but with no time left over to spend with me
They are the lost potential of friendship

I have had really good friends, until
our lives drifted apart and all of our longing
we kept hidden in our hearts,
expressed in imaginary cards
and letters we often failed to write
They are the regret of lost friendship

For me there can be no end to the cycle
of friendships -I am certain
For all I have to live for
 is my friends.

Suzanne Delaney

Copyright © | Year Posted 2015

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Date: 8/5/2015 8:28:00 PM
wow, I am glad I came back here and found this beautiful poem on friendship. Unlike you, I usually have only maybe four categories of friends: Acquaintances (fair weather ones), VERY tight ones (the ones that get my newsletters), sweetie pies like many that I see here almost daily at Soup, and finally the false ones who left my life. I LOVED this!
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Date: 7/22/2015 3:29:00 PM
I love how you examine the various qualities of friends and friendship in this poem, Suzanne. I can definately relate to some of this, too. Great creative write. :)
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Date: 7/6/2015 3:38:00 PM
This is so lovely Suz. I enjoyed reading it again. Aloha, Connie
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Date: 6/14/2015 1:06:00 PM
This is strange Suzanne!! I read and commented on this poem before, but there's no sign of it! Still, it's no problem; I enjoyed this poem before and I still do, perhaps even more now that I am reading it for a second time. Nobody is an island, and there is always the need of friends, though they are automatically divided into various categories. You describe yours with a most capable pen! All the best. // paul
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Paul Callus
Date: 6/14/2015 4:52:00 PM
:) Oh jogged my memory!:)
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Suzanne Delaney
Date: 6/14/2015 1:52:00 PM
Hi Paul: Thanks for taking the time to comment again. You did send me a nice comment on this when I posted it on Poetryforthought, Thankyou dear brother in poetry. SuZ
Date: 5/5/2015 5:45:00 AM
Suz you have a wonderful way with words and your poem on friendship makes me want to say G'day, cause I would like to be your friend from afar, don't just put me in a jar, nor put me on the shelf, just say G'day when you can and I will reciprocate. Cheers from Tassie Regrds Kev
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Date: 4/26/2015 8:09:00 PM
Hello Suz, I noticed a very large gap in your poems. I hope you are fine... I don't have many friends in life. I wish I did... The only people in my life are my family and soup friends. Like I said, I wish I had friends and everything that came with it. Good or bad, at times I imagine they can be all we have... Enjoyed... LINDA
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Date: 4/24/2015 4:13:00 PM
You have wonderfully portrayed all the different facets of friendship. I think I will fav this one. Awesome.
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Date: 4/14/2015 12:17:00 PM
Wow a unique twist on the variety of friendships and u wrote it in a spectacular, hearty and amicable way. I followed yor rhyme schemes and pattern and my it was awesome. I could relate to some of the creative lines, where u talk of parent friends around whom kids revolve like lil planets.' yay. And then the long distance friends. Like us the poetesses and poets perhaps. Kudos. Great to read u again pal.
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