Friendship Poetry selected by Vilma Perusina
Oath Of Friendship
I want to be your friend
For ever and ever without break or decay.
When the hills are all flat
And the rivers are all dry,
When lightens and thunders in winter,
When it rains and snows in summer,
When Heaven and Earth mingle -
Not till then will I part from you.
Anonymous, China, 1st Century B.C.
by Victor Ramirez
None of us are as Young
None of us are as young
as we were. So what?
Friendship never ages.
by W.H. Auden
What is a Friend?
A friend never phones in the middle of the serial.
A friend leaves a pie on the kitchen table, a vase
of fresh flowers by the bed - and a not to
welcome you home.
A friend is the only person you will let into the house
when you are Turning Out Drawers.
A friend is the person you turn to when your
family just won't do.
A friend carries a list of books you are searching for
And you have hers.
A friend cries with you over your little dead cat.
Friends phone you at eleven at night to let you
listen to their nightingale.
by Pam Brown
by Andreas Hetfeld
A friend is a person with who I may
be sincere. Before him I may think aloud.
I am arrived at last in the presence
of a man so real and equal. that I may
drop even those undermost garments
of dissimulation, courtesy, and second
thought, which men never put off. and
may deal with him with the simplicity
and wholeness with which one
chemical atom meets another.
by Ralph Waldo Emerson
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