Friday, August 6, 2010

Reflections on Friendship

Having attended my high school reunion last weekend, I've been thinking a lot about friends and friendship, and how amazing it is to get together with old friends and the ties that bind us together.  I wrote the poem below:

On Friendship

Time passes, waistlines thicken, shoulders stoop a bit.
The hair may gray, or even disappear;
The eyesight wavers, ears aren’t as sharp as once they were.
But nothing changes in those you hold dear.

What things stay constant?
The smiles, the hugs, the memories you share,
Those survive the ravages of time.
The love and warmth, remembered, are still there.

True friendship spans a lifetime.
Years apart tear it not asunder—
Reunited, you feel like it was yesterday
You were together. Such a wonder!

Life is precious, as are friends.
I now understand words I was once told:
New friends are of silver,
But OLD friends, indeed, are gold!

An original poem by Eva Gallant, 8/5/2010
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Isabelina Hidalgo said...

Beautiful! Hi, Eva. Your poem brings to mind the Ruby Jubilee celebration our class '68 had 2 years ago. It was the first time in 40 years that all of us were brought together from continents all over the world. And all our sentiments are best portrayed in your poem. And I toast to friendships that have been tested by time. Happy indeed are those who have long and enduring friendships. May I invite you to visit my site Heartstrings and Verses

Brian Miller said...

eva that is a wonderful poem...silver friends, gold is great to have friends to walk through life with...

and congrats for the win over at jj's

TechnoBabe said...

Congrats on winning the gift certificate on Joanna's blog.

My name is PJ. said...

Love the poem and the saying on the photo is fabulous too!

natalee said...

What a great tribute and a wonderful piece....HUGS!!!!

glnroz said...

Solid Gold, indeed... that was nice..

Jen said...

Great job, Eva. Truer words nerer have been spoken.

Nezzy said...

Oh what a splendid poem, you are a talented gal!!! I just wanted to pop over and congratulate you on your big win!!! Woohoo...have fun shoppin' and spendin' your winnings girl!

God bless and have yourself a wonderful weekend sweetie!!!

DJan said...

That is indeed a wonderful poem, Eva. You captured the feeling of friendship perfectly. My, you are talented!

Jenny said...

wow, you are a very gifted writer. Thank you for stopping by my blog! I am glad I found you.

Anything Fits A Naked Man said...

That was really lovely, Eva! What a gifted poet you are! Please keep these coming!

Eva Gallant said...

Jenny: Thank you so much; I'm glad you found me, too.

Jen: Thanks, Sis!

Glen: Glad you liked it.

lakeviewer said...

Indeed! You said it well in this poem. Lucky you. I'm a tad jealous, you know.

Ann On and On... said...

You are so right! I feel lucky to have so many "golden" friendships.

What a nice poem. I hope some of your high school friends will see it. I'm glad you went to your reunion. I had my 20th last year and didn't really want to go. As it happened we were in town, so my husband and I went. It was a really nice time.

Wanderlust said...

Aw, this is beautiful. I recently flew out to CA to spend a few days with an old high school friend (I'm now 46). It was so lovely to see her after marriages, divorces, children and death had visited our lives.

gayle said...

Beautiful poem!! My reunion is next year but I am not sure I even want to go!What would we talk about...did that seem to be a problem at yours? I see my best friend from high school at least once a month.

Pat said...

So true! Good friends are a blessing! This is a wonderful poem!

Marla said...

Lovely, Miss Eva!