Tuesday, March 1, 2011


"Among Life's precious jewels,
Genuine and rare,
The one that we call friendship
Has worth beyond compare."
~ author unknown

"A friend loves at all times..." Proverbs 17:17

Real friendship is a rare and precious gift, strong,
stable, yet fragile, and never to be taken for granted.

"Friendship is the only cement
that will ever hold the world together"
-Woodrow Wilson

"Treat your friends as you do your pictures,
and place them in their best light."
~ Jennie Jerome Churchill

"Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art...
It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things
that give value to survival."
~C.S. Lewis

"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies,
but the silence of our friends."
~ Martin Luther King Jr.

"Friendship doubles your joys, and divides your sorrows."
~ author unknown

"Friendship without self - interest is one of the rare
and beautiful things of life."
~ James F. Byrnes

"Give me one friend, just one, who meets
The needs of all my varying moods."
~ Esther M. Clark

"The greatest good you can do for another is not just
to share your riches but to reveal to him his own."
~ Benjamin Disraeli

"The only way to have a friend is to be one."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand,
nor the kindly smile nor the joy of companionship;
it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when
he discovers that someone else believes in him
and is willing to trust him."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Friendship is always a sweet responsibility,
never an opportunity."
~ Kahlil Gibran

"Friendship is neither a formality nor a mode:
it is rather a life."
~ David Grayson

Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow.
Don't walk behind me, I may not lead.
Just walk beside me and be my friend forever.

"If a man does not make new acquaintances as he
advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone;
one should keep his friendships in constant repair."
~ Samuel Johnson

"Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?"
~ Abraham Lincoln

"You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist."
~ Golda Meir

"Friendship is one mind in two bodies."
~ Mencius

"The best way to keep your friends is not to give them away."
~ Wilson Mizner

"Think where man's glory most begins and ends,
And say my glory was I had such friends."
~ William Butler Yeats

"Stay is a charming word in a friend's vocabulary."
~ Louisa May Alcott

"Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving,
make every day a holiday and celebrate just living!"
~ Amanda Bradley

"If we would build on a sure foundation in friendship,
we must love friends for their sake rather than for our own."
~ Charlotte Bronte

"The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being.
His heart withers if it does not answer another heart.
His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts
and finds no other inspiration."
~ Pearl S. Buck

"I am a big believer that you have to nourish any relationship.
I am still very much a part of my friends' lives and they are
very much a part of my life. A First Lady who does not have
this source of strength and comfort can lose perspective
and become isolated."
~ Nancy Reagan

"Friendship with oneself is all important, because without
it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good
egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked."
~ Bernard Meltzer

"A friend is someone who sings your heart's song
back to you when you have forgotten the words."
~ David Coppola, Ph.D.

"Some people come into our lives and quickly go.
Some people move our souls to dance. They awaken us to
new understanding with the passing whisper of their wisdom.
Some people make the sky more beautiful to gaze upon.
They stay in our lives for awhile, leave footprints
on our hearts, and we are never ever the same."
~ Flavia Weedn

"Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by
another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks
to those who have rekindled this light."
~ Albert Schweitzer

"You can make more friends in two months
by becoming interested in other people
than you can in two years by trying
to get other people interested in you."
~ Dale Carnegie

"A friend is a gift you give yourself."
~ Robert Louis Stevenson

"Friendship is like a bank account;
you cannot continue to draw on it
without making a deposit."
~ Nicole Beale

"When you ask God for a gift,
Be thankful if he sends,
Not diamonds, pearls or riches,
but the love of real true friends."
~Helen Steiner Rice


A friend is someone we turn to
when our spirits need a lift,
A friends is someone we treasure
for our friendship is a gift.
A friend is someone who fills our lives
with beauty, joy, and grace
And makes the whole world we live in
a better and happier place.
-Jean Kyler McManus


Remember that a little love goes a long way.
Remember that a lot... goes forever.
Remember that friendship is a wise investment.
Life's treasures are people... together.
Realize that it's never too late.
Do ordinary things in an extraordinary way.
Have health and hope and happiness.
Take the time to wish upon a star.
And don't ever forget... for even a day...
How very special you are.
~Douglas Pagels Collection

Many people will walk in and out of your life,
but only true friends
will leave footprints in your heart.
~Eleanor Roosevelt

Two may talk together
under the same roof for many years,
yet never really meet,
and two others at first speech
are old friends.
~author unknown

Laughter is not a bad beginning for a friendship,
and it is the best ending for one.
~Oscar Wilde

A friend is one who knows us,
but loves us anyway.
~Fr. Jerome Cummings

There is nought better to be
With noble souls of company:
There is nought dearer than to wend
With good friends faithful to the end.
This is the love whose fruit is sweet;
Therefore to abide within is meet.
~Mahabharata (B.C.400)

Everyone Needs Someone

People need people and friends need friends
And we all need love for a full life depends
Not on vast riches or great acclaim,
Not on success or on worldly fame,
But just in knowing that someone cares
And holds us close in their thoughts and prayers-
For only the knowledge that we're understood
Makes everyday living feel wonderfully good,
And we rob ourselves of life's greatest need
When we "lock up our hearts" and fail to heed
The outstretched hand reaching to find
A kindred spirit whose heart and mind
Are lonely and longing to somehow share
Our joys and sorrows and to make us aware
That life's completeness and richness depends
On the things we share with our loved ones and friends.
-Helen Steiner Rice


There's a miracle of Friendship
that dwells within the heart,
And you don't know how it happens
or where it gets its start...
But the happiness it brings you
always gives a special lift,
And you realize that Friendship
Is God's most perfect gift.
-Jean Kyler McManus

Thank You Friend

I never came to you, my friend,
and went away without
some new enrichment of the heart;
More faith and less of doubt,
more courage in the days ahead.
And often in great need coming to you,
I went away comforted indeed.
How can I find the shining word,
the glowing phrase that tells all that
your love has meant to me,
all that your friendship spells?
There is no word, no phrase for
you on whom I so depend.
All I can say to you is this,
God bless you precious friend.
-Grace Noll Crowell

The Guy in the Glass

When you get what you want in your struggle for pelf,
And the world makes you King for a day,
Then go to the mirror and look at yourself,
And see what that guy has to say.

For it isn't your Father, or Mother, or Wife,
Who judgment upon you must pass.
The feller whose verdict counts most in your life
Is the guy staring back from the glass.

He's the feller to please, never mind all the rest,
For he's with you clear up to the end,
And you've passed your most dangerous, difficult test
If the guy in the glass is your friend.

You may be like Jack Horner and "chisel" a plum,
And think you're a wonderful guy,
But the man in the glass says you're only a bum
If you can't look him straight in the eye.

You can fool the whole world down the pathway of years,
And get pats on the back as you pass,
But your final reward will be heartaches and tears
If you've cheated the guy in the glass.
~Dale Wimbrow, © 1934

The Gift of Friendship

If your bad habit screams, "Me First," Break it.
If your spirit cries with thirst, Slake it.
If for company you yearn
And someone else's trust you earn,
When friendship's offered in return, Take it!

Just place your hand in his or hers; Grip it.
If imagined slight occurs, Skip it.
See what's needed, then give more.
And if a weed springs up, before
It chokes the path to your friend's door, Snip it!

If gratitude or praise is due, Heap it.
If a secret's shared with you, Keep it.
When a seed has taken root,
Beside your friend stand resolute,
And when the full-grown tree bears fruit, Reap it!

~Mary Sullivan Georgetown, TX, USA

Friends Without Faces

We sit and we type and we stare at our screens,
We can't help but wonder what all of this means.
With mouse in hand ...we roam through this maze,
On an infinite search...lost in a daze.

We chat with each other, we type all our woes
At times we'll band together to gang up on our foes.
We wait for somebody, to type out our name
We want recognition, but it is always the same.

Soon friendships are formed - but - why we don't know,
But some of these friendships, will flourish and grow.
We give kisses and hugs, and sometimes we'll flirt,
In IMs we chat deeply, and reveal why we hurt.

Why is it on screen, we are so easily bold,
Telling our secrets, that have never been told.
The answer is simple, it is as clear as a bell,
We all have our problems, and need someone to tell.

We can't tell real people, but tell someone we must
So we turn to our 'puters ...and to those we can trust.
Even though it sounds crazy...the truth still remains,
Most of my "friends" have no faces...and odd little names.

~Rusty Black, ©1996

A Golden Chain

Friendship is a Golden Chain,
The links are friends so dear,
And like a rare and precious jewel
It's treasured more each year...

It's clasped together firmly
With a love that's deep and true,
And it's rich with happy memories
and fond recollections, too...

Time can't destroy its beauty
For, as long as memory lives,
Years can't erase the pleasure
That the joy of friendship gives...

For friendship is a priceless gift
That can't be bought or sold,
But to have an understanding friend
Is worth far more than gold...

And the Golden Chain of Friendship
Is a strong and blessed tie
Binding kindred hearts together
As the years go passing by.

~Helen Steiner Rice

Real Friend

A simple friend, when visiting, acts like a guest.
A real friend opens your refrigerator and helps himself
(and doesn't feel even the least bit weird shutting your
Coke/Pepsi drawer with his foot!)

A simple friend has never seen you cry.
A real friend has shoulders soggy from your tears.

A simple friend doesn't know your parents' first names.
A real friend has their phone numbers in his address book.

A simple friend brings a bottle of wine to your party.
A real friend comes early to help you cook
and stays late to help you clean.

A simple friend hates it when you call
after they've gone to bed.
A real friend asks you why you took so long to call.

A simple friend seeks to talk with you
about your problems.
A real friend seeks to help you with your problems.

A simple friend wonders about your romantic history.
A real friend could blackmail you with it.

A simple friend thinks the friendship is over
when you have an argument.
A real friend calls you after you had a fight.

A simple friend expects you to always be there for them.
A real friend expects to always be there for you!

It is by chance we met,
by choice we became friends.
Friendship is a strange thing---
we find ourselves telling each other
the deepest details of our lives,
things we don't even share
with our families who raised us.
But what is a friend?
A confidant? A lover?
A fellow email junkie?
A shoulder to cry on?
An ear to listen?
A heart to feel?...
A friend is all these things...
and more.
No matter where we met,
I call you friend.
A word so small yet so large in feeling,
a word filled with emotion.

It is true great things
come in small packages.
Once the package of friendship
has been opened,
it can never be closed.
It is a constant book always written
waiting to be read and enjoyed.
We may have our disagreements,
we may argue,
we may concern one another,
friendship is a unique bond
that lasts through it all.

A part of me is put into my friends,
some it is my humor,
some it is my listening ear,
some it is real life experiences,
some it is my romanticism
but with all, it is friendship.

Friendships forged are a construct stronger
than steel built as a foundation,
necessary for life and necessary for love.
Friends----you and me
You brought another friend
and then there were 3.
We started our group
Our circle of friends
and like that circle
There is no beginning or end...
~author unknown

You My Friend

You my friend
You don't always show it,
but I know that you care.

You My friend
If I'd ever need you,
I know you'd be there.

You I'm glad you're my friend.
Your smile makes me smile.
Your pain makes me hurt.

You My friend
I want you to know:
If you need me--I'm there.
make you happy, make you laugh.

You My friend
Sometimes you make me mad,
but I can't stay mad.

You My friend
Sometimes I want to get away from you.
And sometimes there's nothing I want more than:
to talk to you, to tell you about my day,
to hear about yours, to laugh with you,
to tease you, to share an inside joke,
that no one else would get,
to argue with you,
but know we're just kidding..

You My friend
Do you remember the time when...?
There are so many times.

You My friend
Don't ever lose the wonderful person you are.
Stay happy. Stay healthy. Stay you.

You My friend
I'll never stop being your friend.
Don't ever stop being mine.

You My friend
Just wanted to tell you:
I care.
~Author Unknown


1 comment:

  1. Very nice poems Vasandi, I enjoyed reading them, here are a few of mine:

    Raising up

    when I fell, you raised me up,
    when I cried you wiped my tears,
    when I thought I was dieing,
    you gave me a breath of life
    and told me to never stop trying
    even if I felt like crying.


    I will come to your dreams to watch you sleep,
    Hug you tightly and kiss you gently,
    You are my dream I have never had
    You are my reality I wish to have
    I will blow with winds to touch you invisibly
    Fly the sky to caress you silently
    I will come with the rain on you window
    And land with snowflakes on your shoulder
    To be close to your heart
    From where my soul never wants to part.