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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Friendship (04/04/05)

TITLE: TREASURED FRIENDS
By David Ian
04/07/05


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TREASURED FRIENDS

Time goes fleeting fast
When weíre together
Yet memories
Last and stay long

Joys they ring twice
When with you are shared
Pains bourne
Are half-dear thoí are strong

Though Time blows and buffets
Its winds of erosion
Our bond
Will stand through the years

Distance conspires
To strain and estrange us
Each meeting
Our triumphís through tears

Your joys, delights
Your secrets, your dreams,
Your fears
They are preciously shared

A shining jewel each
To fit in a crown
We forge
For each other to wear

Iíd take your cause
Up to Heaven and plead
To Eternal
And shout and scream insolently

With a reckless devotion
Fired and empassioníd
Iíll bargain
My soul if need be

And when it is darkest
Iíll travel the Infernals
And Iíll challenge
And Iíll spit and Iíll cuss

And laugh in the face
Of their onslaught so feeble
Iíll teach them
To come between us

Iíll tell you dirty secrets
That no soul should hear
And show
My Dark Half under key

And things on a chain
And things behind bars
That no
Proper person should see.

And tell you about lies
My naughty little eyes
And things that are
Best left to Night

And Iíll listen with a nod
When you tell me
They are wrong
Only you have I granted that right

Iíve got friends that are nice
For sugar and spice
And thatís
As how it should be

But a treasured one or two
Never more than a few
We view
Each other transparently

And our lives so much richer
In our oath and our bond
And our
Passion for each otherís well being

Itís the risk that we take
A trust never to break
When we
Bare our souls for their seeing


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Mary Nellum04/11/05
I have a group of girlfriends that is my safe place - a place where we can bare our souls to each other and yet know that we are safe.
Dixie Phillips 04/11/05
Isn't it refreshing to be real? Your poem reflected the "truth" about friendship. No masks.
Delores Baber04/13/05
How rare is a friend whom you can pour all your heart out to without fear of judgment or condemnation. A beautiful poem. It required so much honesty and transparency to even share the whole of it.
Maxx .04/16/05
"A shining jewel each
To fit in a crown
We forge
For each other to wear"

Very touching thought. Thank you!
Deborah Porter 04/18/05
David Ian, I know you already know that I love this poem and consider it to be quite outstanding, however, I want to go on record here as well. I believe that the transparency of your piece may have been a little disconcerting for some. However, you truly did show the vulnerability, closeness, intimacy and honesty of those very few friendships that are nearest and dearest to us - if we dare to let them be that way. Well done. With love, Deb (Challenge Co-ordinator)
David Ian04/18/05
Thank you Deb. A finer understanding and endorsement a writer could not have asked for. Thank you one and all for your comments. --David Ian
Sally Hanan04/23/05
What can I say? This was excellent. If I was a judge that week you would have been waaay up there.
Benjamin Stephens03/02/06
David,

Sounds like you have an amazing Jonathan. The sharing was intimate and unguarded and causes one to long for such friendship always.

Very well done.

Ben
Pat Guy 03/02/06
Oh David! How did I miss this one? Where was I? This is a perfect picture and you've capture the essence of a bond stronger than life and death. Wow and tears.
Joanne Malley03/02/06
Beautiful, David. Masterfully done as well. Jo :)
Leah Nichols 05/19/09
I'm more of a genuine kind of person, so I really appreciate transparency in friendship. This is a true description of real friends.
Mona Purvis05/19/09
David, this says it all so well. That's a true friendship...priceless. Loved it.
Mona