Priced above rubies
Cherished above shining pearls
Treasured beyond Gold
Admired more than diamond stones
They are friends.
The impact of thunder fades away
The paths created by earthquakes would wither
Lands eroded by storms soon gain life
Houses pulled down by bulldozers, soon are re-constructed
But lost friends what can replace?
At-times when it seems like life has blown its worst
At-times when tears flow like rivers
At times when no one would ever understand
At times when living matters least
They are there.
They never get tired
They are never wearied
Their shoulders, though soaked in tears, never tired to receive more
Their ears, though bombarded with worries of a troubled friend, still receptive
They are real friends.
Take all the wealth away
Take all my possessions away
Take all that seems so tall and mighty
Take them all
But never take away the comfort of a true friend. Their memories would never go.
(Written to celebrate the value of real friends who have walked through my life)