A True Friend

via Daily Prompt: Sympathize

Have you ever had a friend who did not stand up for you? If you did, what did you do?

Because you are a friend,

When the world is against you,

And you do not rise,

I will stand up for you,

I will sympathize.

Because you are a friend,

When the world is against me,

And you do not rise,

I shall stand up alone,

I can not sympathize.

Because we are friends,

I will not despise,

I will tell you the truth, not sweet lies,

I cannot stand by you again and sympathize,

When the world does me ostracize.

For what use is a friend,

Who only does a ear lend-

But when there is a bend,

Cannot the relationship tend,

Such a friendship I choose to end.

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28 responses to “A True Friend”

  1. shalini Avatar

    I have had this many times. I stand by my friends, but I find myself alone when needs be. I have realised not to depend on them. I still help them if they ask for it, stand by them when asked. But I don’t offer directly, most times.
    Lovely truthful post

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  2. Sanjana Avatar

    I have had the fortune of having the bestest friends anyone can ever get from life. They were with me through thick & thin. This poem suddenly reminded me of them. Wonderful.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      That’s wonderful Sanjana and it’s a blessing. Sadly, few people can say it with so much confidence as you’ve said it. I’m so glad the poem made you think of them. I hope they got a call or a message from you yesterday :). It’s always great to remind people that you value them. My philiosophy:). Thank you again.

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      1. Sanjana Avatar

        Yes we are in touch, although with different paths chosen by us it becomes tough to constantly stay in contact.
        You welcome

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        1. Smitha V Avatar

          Yes it does get difficult but the feeling of knowing you can call and pick up from where you left is amazing. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  3. thewritewomanblog Avatar

    Absolutely! Your poem reminded me of a phrase that I have in my scrap book written by many of my friends, it says, ‘a friend is one who stands on your side when the rest of the world stands against’. It is in these times that is the true test of friendship.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Oh wow! It’s nice the poem brought back some lovely memories. I understand people being weak or not strong enough to express their opinion but if a person is not awakened to stand up for a friend then it’s good as not being one. True, it’s the ultimate test of friendship.

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      1. thewritewomanblog Avatar

        These words in my ‘autograph’ book that were signed by some who knew me well and others who dint have various phrases like these. Strangely, it makes better sense now.

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  4. calmkate Avatar

    very profound and powerful, resonates with me 🙂

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thanks Kate☺

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  5. robbiesinspiration Avatar

    An excellent poem with a very good point, Smitha. Well done.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you so much. Its important to stand up if not for oneself atleast for someone who’s always stood up for you. Sadly some people never find the courage to do either.

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  6. twinklingwords Avatar

    Very powerful words and surely something that one needs to have learnt as values. Although while some friends are really truthfully invested in you, some merely pretend to I have come to realise. And friendships have gotten to complicated too.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Sadly Vags, some dont pretend but merely lack the courage to stand up. I believe these are worse than those who pretend. Their cowardice breaks your heart and spirit. Or maybe like you said friendships have gotten complicated and a few people like us think everybody should mean what they say simply because we do…

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      1. twinklingwords Avatar

        The people with cowardice, ah. I can absolutely understand the part about them breaking our heart and spirit. They make you lose faith in people and the world.
        Yes I agree with your words, we expect people to be like us, but they aren’t, most of them aren’t.

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        1. Smitha V Avatar

          Yes Vageesha…its painful more than the criticism of critics. The best is to break free from such relationships as they are the most difficult to nurture.

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          1. twinklingwords Avatar

            Indeed my friend 😊

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Hello Nisthur.

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      1. Nisthur Avatar

        How are you Smitha?

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          1. Nisthur Avatar

            Lol thanks for replying…wishing you lovely day Smitha

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            1. Smitha V Avatar

              Wishing you a lovely day too!

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              1. Nisthur Avatar

                That’s beautiful thing indeed…you simply amazing saying so..

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                1. Smitha V Avatar

                  Ha ha…why? Is it strange coming from me?

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  7. poonam Avatar

    Nice words Smitha

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thanks Poonam☺.

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