What is a friend? Someone who cares
And makes light of the passing years
Who empathizes over tea
On what is past and what's to be.
Who asks for news, but does not pry
Who airs opinions, does not lie
Has interests which may wax and wane
But whose loyalty will remain.
Has a sense of sharing and respect
A feeling time cannot deflect
Whose sense of fun and bubbly laughter
Makes my day and lasts long after.
In short, a person just like you
Whose friendship, once acquired, stays true.
Shared memories are a vital part
Of life's special gift - our heart.
(c) Poet in the woods 2013