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Monday, May 21, 2018

My Best Friend


I have a friend. I call her best.
For she stands out from all the rest,
She’s fiercely loyal, caring, kind,
Encouraging and quite refined.
She believes in me, is fun and smart,
But I almost missed this friendship’s start.

Wounded, aching, recovering slow,
Husby and me, we’d had a blow,
That rocked our family to the core,
Our hearts were broken, tattered, torn.
T’was when this single mom asked me,
To watch her girls. She’d pay a fee.

But I was hurting, my heart sore,
I really couldn’t handle more,
And so I let her down that day,
Turned her little girls away,
But she was patient. Just one year,
Had passed. And she again appeared.

Once more she asked, and I agreed,
 Her girls joined mine in thought and deed,
But it’s not there the story ends,
Their mom became my lifelong friend.
Through good and bad, we two stayed close,
And helped with things that matter most.

Years of friendship we have had,
She supported me through good and bad,
Through marriages and births and more,
And grandkids, whom we both adore.
And coasting toward that Old Age ‘Hill’,
I find that we are best friends still. 

I think about it quite a bit,
And her request to babysit.
When I was feeling sorry for
Myself. And what had gone before.
And somehow, I just can’t dismiss
You know, I might have missed all this.



Mondays do get knocked a lot,
With poetry, we three besought,
To try to make the week begin,
With gentle thoughts--perhaps a grin?
So Jenny and Delores, we,
Now post our poems for you to see.
And when you’ve read what we have brought,
Did we help? Or did we not . . .

Come back next week. Our monograph, 
Will talk about what makes us laugh!

9 comments:

  1. Funny how things happen sometimes . . . and it affects the rest of our lives. Your friend sounds like a great one to have.

    "What makes us laugh" . . . this should be fun!

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  2. Glad she didn't give up and you still have her in your life...

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  3. Lovely....a lasting friendship is something to treasure. Next week, 'what makes us laugh' should be a hoot.

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  4. You are very lucky to have a wonderful friend. They are not easy to come by but in the end, worth the wait. Thank you.

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  5. She was understanding and knew a good friend was there! I once refused to babysit a friend's kids and she still hung in there for me too. I cherish my girlfriends!

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  6. How lovely that she was persistent. A true gift - which gave you the gift of friendship as well.

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  7. Love your poems. You two were meant to be friends!

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  8. Persistent - perhaps this friendship was meant to be and your friend-to-be knew it. It makes me wonder what I may have missed out on.

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  9. Absolute beautiful Diane! There’s nothing better than a best friend.

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