What Is A Friend


What is a friend? A friend is one... Who takes you by the
hand... Who listens to your troubles and... Who tries to
understand... Who comforts you in sickness and... Rejoices
in your health... And who is always at your side...In poverty
or wealth... Who does not ask for payment or... Expect the
slightest share... And who will keep your secret when...
Entrusted to his care... A friend is one who really means...
The praises he presents... And criticizes only to... Promote
your competence... Who always serves you faithfully... And
is sincere and true... And who would merely like to have...
The same respect from you.


James J. Metcalfe


This poem is from "the book Poem Portraits" by James J. Metcalfe
page 61

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