A FRIEND TO KEEP

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

Friendship and the power that holds it for years and years
written and given to my friend Kim of thirty years on her birthday in twothousand four.

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Growin' up you never know

Which way to turn, which road to take.

What on earth had we been thinkin'

Before some choices we would make?

Years grew on, some have scattered,

Some of us held on,

Wonderin' what does really matter

And tryin' to stay strong.

Thirty years now, some have died,

And for others we've surely cried.

What makes a friendship last so long?

What power holds it up so long?

Thirty years from now I pray

We'll still be looking back to say:

We lived, we loved, we learned, we played.

We danced, matured, and sometimes strayed.

But all in all God kept us safe

Through His most amazing grace.

Each night I pray before I sleep,

I thank Him for a friend to keep.

~


Submitted: May 06, 2007

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bellavistabear

Wow...awesome work of Art. You told a wonderful story. Friends are the secret to sanity..in my opinion.


Brian (bellavistabear)

Mon, May 21st, 2007 1:17am

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thanks, so many can relate I find out, we've all had friends we've cried for and those that have strayed, some come back
and others you may never see again. I'm now 48 and proud to still have a couple friends I had as a teenager---better yet, my mom still has close friends since she was 12, and she's now 76. wow---so glad you enjoyed

Sun, May 20th, 2007 8:42pm

girlish

True friends are so hard to find and rarer to have.If you are blessed just to hold on to one these days you are doing something.I love this write.
girlish

Mon, August 6th, 2007 1:31pm

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thankyou and it's so true, especially from where i come from, most of those we knew are either dead or still getting high. it's sad so I am so greatful for the ones I still have.
thankyou so much for your comment,--katie

Mon, August 6th, 2007 9:50am

IveyBanks

What a wonderful testament to friendship. It must have meant so much to her for you to take the time to let her know.

Thu, November 8th, 2007 9:37am

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Yes I believe it did. but more so for me, she was the only friend that i was able to stay in touch with over some pretty bad years. since I've been sober I have gotten back in touch with a few more friends. it's sad that people fall away from each other but beautiful when they can meet again :) thanks Ivey for all the comments, I truly appreciate the time you have taken and the kindness. I am dog sitting right now for a nieghbor; I hope to get back to reading later tonight --- take care, much love; katie

Fri, November 9th, 2007 7:37pm

mum55

Hi katie just catching up on some reading while i am away and this poem is really great true freinds stay whatever take care Juliet

Fri, November 23rd, 2007 1:25am

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Hi Juliet, you are away? on holiday? I just got back today from mpls. at my mom and dads for thanksgiving. I have much catching up to do on here but I am afraid tonight will have me tired. we'll see you soon. katie
oh;....I am glad you enjoyed the poem, thankyou for commenting ****************

Fri, November 23rd, 2007 9:12pm

gerabel

Since you haven't posted anything new for a bit, I went looking for older work and I found this piece for the first time today!!! It is so beautiful, Katie!!!! I love everything about it and it was today that I really needed to hear these words. Thanks from the heart.........Jerry

Fri, December 21st, 2007 12:35am

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Thankyou Jerry (smile) nice of you to take the time. yes it's not that I don't have anything to post it's just that there is so much going on with both work and christmas. I am leaving saturday for 5 or 6 days, and have to have alot ready for taking with and for leaving here since my x husband will be taking care of my cats (thank goodness) or I wouldn't be able to go for more that a couple days. I have written 2 new childrens storys for some friends in the city and have made little books. I am excited to see if they like them. maybe I'll share them with you. I'll send an email ok?
I have been making lot's of beeded crafts for family and friends. I enjoy that :) I hope your christmas is grand.
just peacefulness is what I would like the most, though not very likely LOL LOL LOL... take Jerry will check to see if you have anything up...see you soon **katie

Thu, December 20th, 2007 6:25pm

rickyengland

A wonderful celebration of friendship and retrospection of former days, with a trusting
hope for the future
Thank you air.

Mon, January 14th, 2008 1:00am

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Thank You ricky * nice of you to take the time :) being new and all I know you have alot of peoples to get to know--.....your writing is making you popular fast :)
you are very talented *** best wishes.....katie

Sun, January 13th, 2008 8:24pm

Pratibha

But all in all God kept us safe

yes, so true....

Tue, April 15th, 2008 1:21am

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yup! through all that we did it's amazing! wow what a life we had. well, still have, though many of those I grew up with are gone, they are never far from me.

Mon, April 14th, 2008 10:36pm

Pratibha

We lived, we loved, we learned, we played.

We danced, matured, and sometimes strayed.

But all in all God kept us safe

i read this one again and again....
i love ur poems Katie...they soothe my soul....and stabilise my straying emotions.......

Sun, May 25th, 2008 3:02am

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Oooooh those are my favorite lines too ^_^
isn't it bliss? life is so beautifully made.

straying emoticons eh? well we'll have to catch them and tie them down HA! that'll teach em LOL!
yes I know what you mean ^_^
let then go and they'll come back wagging thier tails behind them LOL!
Oh-No look what all this conversing is doing to me LOLOLOLOL!!! silly! just plain silly! ^_^
Thankyou so much Pratibha you have brought happiness to my day. :D
God Bless and keep you safe always ~katie

Sun, May 25th, 2008 9:28am

ConcreteAngel

I must say I really like this one! Lots of great lines in it..can't pick a fave. Thats the thing I miss most about high school..most of my friends all went in different directions to start their new lifes..but a few I have managed to keep our friendship alive and still get to see =) Great job on this poem!

Tue, October 7th, 2008 2:33am

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yup, and to hang on to them is great ^_^
there were so many of us back then and now
we are finding our way back to each other it seems.
just like the rain that falls and gets lost only to come together again in the sea ^_^
well, yes freindship is something else aint it though?
you come together for reasons other than simple attraction; there is a power that holds freinships and binds them.
I think it is because we were meant to be here together it is beyond our choice lol ^_^

Tue, October 7th, 2008 10:28am

Pratibha

i wish i could keep reading ur posts again and again and each time, i get to learn something new...something revealing...from ur kind soul

Tue, November 18th, 2008 1:34am

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haha, well I think you are up late again and need to go to sleep (wink, wink) lol.
its so nice to you, both you and Urja have come back on the same night...its wonderful Prati. It has been very, very slow, and very quiet. I have been quiet; in reflection I guess. I am a little lonesome lately or scared maybe and so it is so good to see you guys, I love you both bunches :)

Tue, November 18th, 2008 3:59pm

Autumn Breeze

Beautiful poem, it does make us wonder how friendships do hold up so long. For me it also made me realize that I assume my friends will be with me forever, perhaps because the thought of them leaving is too difficult to digest. I think you did a wonderful job and I'm glad I got to read it, thanks.

Tue, December 2nd, 2008 9:42am

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Thankyou Autumn, its a secure feeling to believe your friends will always be connected to you. Its such a wonderful time if you have not seen each other for years and the bond is ever still there.
~katie

Tue, December 2nd, 2008 6:08pm

saih

Very nice poem. "We lived, we loved, we learned, we played. We danced, matured, and sometimes strayed." I like the way you put it. I'm still waiting for that friend.

Sat, December 6th, 2008 2:16am

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aw still waiting? I'll bet thier all around you :)
thankyou so much saih, I will be over to visit your in a moment.
a warm welcome to you
~katie

Sat, December 6th, 2008 6:58am

shaina

We lived, we loved, we learned, we played.

We danced, matured, and sometimes strayed.

But all in all God kept us safe
i loved it immensely....its full of the essence of frndship..... and frnds are the best treasures of our lives and we keep them safe with us

Thu, December 18th, 2008 10:03am

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ah they are aren't they though? I feel such a special bond with certain friends that I had at special times in my life. some friends you jsut never stop being fond of. it is like even if they die you know they are never really gone.
thankyou shaina

Fri, December 19th, 2008 6:15pm

nombies

Great work Katie, I wonder what makes a friendship last that long as well. I am 31 and my oldest frined is from Primary school. We don't see much of each other though, but when in need I am blessed to know she's there. We are so blessed to have that. Thank you for acknowledging Kim at least letting her know she's loved & valued. Stay blessed.

Tue, May 19th, 2009 6:24am

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yup ^_^
she's great! I have more friends from my teen years as well...many of my friends are gone on.. but many are still here. Thanks nombie

Thu, May 21st, 2009 6:15pm

rustyfootprints88

beautiful ,i also write religious poetry if you would like to check them out,sparkles,contraversy,salvation,keeping me on the tracks...just to mention a few,i have over 160 poems on my page...just if you get the time :)

Sun, May 24th, 2009 8:30pm

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hahaha, well ya, i was planing to...have been seeing you around the block so to speak....
thanks so much. is very nice to be meeting you.
see you soon
~katie

Sun, May 24th, 2009 7:19pm

indieRokker

*Gasps*
You are forever a Grand Writer, friends should forever be kept. Beautifully written.
Nice Job.

cherio
indie?

Fri, July 31st, 2009 6:01am

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hahahahaa oh you are too sweet
but thankyou, thankyou very very much
~katie

Sun, August 2nd, 2009 2:39pm

indieRokker

Also, God gives us all beautiful gifts in Life. Especially Family & Friends, we hope to keep :)

indie?

Fri, July 31st, 2009 6:04am

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yup life is a gift of precious moments.
*thankyou indie*

Sun, August 2nd, 2009 2:41pm

PaulChafer

I prefer web-friends to folk knocking on my door: just how I am. In truth, I am selfish with my time, this is my big failing in life, I love doing what I do and resist intrusions from others. But web-friends, love em, best friends I got are here on booksie. Good thought provoking poem that made me asses my own take on friends, nice one Katie.
Paul.

Sun, February 7th, 2010 5:39pm

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Paul all my life until 2004 (when I moved out here into the land of cornfields lol) I had physical friends.
Many of which passed away. Since joining booksie in 07, it opened a whole new world to me of friends across the universe. My god I have never been so connected!
Even more closer to some of my web friends than the physical friends I have left.
Thanks for chat :-)

Sun, February 7th, 2010 1:55pm

Rajeev Mishra

This poem is so beautifully composed,I m bit angry on myself why I did not read it before.It's really beautiful Air.U ve a skill in writing.The warmth of a real friend is pouring out of your work.

Wed, March 2nd, 2011 4:20am

moonphish

reads like a love letter....very sweet

Wed, January 25th, 2012 1:05am

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:-) I wrote this in 2004, my first back to real world ;-)
was writing alot of poems for family and friends birthday's

Thu, January 26th, 2012 1:17pm

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