Poems about friendship are a great way to understand what this special relationship really means. We all need a friend who is trustworthy; who will tell us the truth when asked, regardless of the consequences; and who won't allow petty jealousies and envy to come between the relationship.
by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Dear friend, I pray thee,
if thou wouldst be proving.
Thy strong regard for me,
Make me no vows.
Lip-service is not loving;
Let thy faith speak for thee.
Swear not to me that nothing can divide us,
So little such oaths mean,
But when distrust and envy creep beside us,
Let them not come between.
Say not to me the depths of thy devotion
Are deeper than the sea;
But watch, lest doubt or some unkind emotion
Embitter them for me.
Vow not to love me ever and forever,
Words are such idle things,
But when we differ in opinions, never
Hurt me by little stings.
I'm sick of words, they are so lightly spoken,
And spoken are but air.
I'd rather feel thy trust in me unbroken
Than list to thy words so fair.
If all the little proofs of trust are heeded,
If thou art always kind,
No sacrifice, no promise will be needed
To satisfy my mind.
~Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850 - 1919)
Wilcox was an American author and popular poet, often expressing her sentiments of cheer and optimism.
Her best-known work was Poems of Passion, although she did write a series of books entitled "Poems of..." which featured Cheer, Experience, Optimism, Power, Progress, Purpose, and Sentiment.
Shortly before her death, her autobiography--The Worlds and I--was published.
More Poems by Wilcox
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