By Richard157 Latest Reply 2010-06-27 21:54:14 -0500
Started 2010-06-27 13:14:16 -0500

How Many Friends Have You?

The old man turned to me and asked
"How many friends have you?"

Why 10 or 20 friends have I,

And named off just a few ~

He rose quite slow with effort

And sadly shook his head
"A lucky child you are

To have so many friends," he said,

But think of what you're saying

There is so much you do not know

A friend is just not someone
To whom you say "Hello"

A friend's a tender shoulder
On which to softly cry

As well to pour your troubles down

And raise your spirits high

A friend is a hand to pull you up

From darkness and despair…

A true friend is an ally

Who can't be moved or bought

A voice to keep your name alive

But most of all a friend is a heart
A strong and sturdy wall

For from the hearts of friends

There comes the greatest love of all!!!

So think of what I've spoken
For every word is true

And answer once again my child

How many friends have you??

And then he stood and faced me
Awaiting my reply
Softly I answered

"If lucky…
one I have is

— Unknown

4 replies

GabbyPA 2010-06-27 21:54:14 -0500 Report

I love this poem and have had it ring in my thoughts before. I am blessed to have some for different seasons in my life and it is true that they are few, but precious like diamonds.

Harlen 2010-06-27 15:43:29 -0500 Report

Hello Rich
If one is lucky one has one good frend if one is very rich in frends you may have two
I am rich indead for I have three frends that still live and there is not a thing I would not do for them or they for me
I know lots of people and I like a lot of peaple but good frends are hard to come by
Best wishes

Roy531 2010-06-27 13:35:27 -0500 Report

They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them; but then an entire life to forget them

monkeymama 2010-06-27 13:28:55 -0500 Report

This such a wonderful poem. It is also very true to heart. This is the "true" definition of what a friend is.