Happy International Friendship Day: “Friendship” by Henry David Thoreau (1817-62)

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Dedicated to all friends!!!

“Friendship”

 

I think awhile of Love, and while I think,
Love is to me a world,
Sole meat and sweetest drink,
And close connecting link
‘Tween heaven and earth.

I only know it is, not how or why,
My greatest happiness;
However hard I try,
Not if I were to die,
Can I explain.

I fain would ask my friend how it can be,
But when the time arrives,
Then Love is more lovely
Than anything to me,
And so I’m dumb.

For if the truth were known, Love cannot speak,
But only thinks and does;
Though surely out ’twill leak
Without the help of Greek,
Or any tongue.

A man may love the truth and practise it,
Beauty he may admire,
And goodness not omit,
As much as may befit
To reverence.

But only when these three together meet,
As they always incline,
And make one soul the seat,
And favourite retreat,
Of loveliness;

When under kindred shape, like loves and hates
And a kindred nature,
Proclaim us to be mates,
Exposed to equal fates
Eternally;

And each may other help, and service do,
Drawing Love’s bands more tight,
Service he ne’er shall rue
While one and one make two,
And two are one;

In such case only doth man fully prove
Fully as man can do,
What power there is in Love
His inmost soul to move
Resistlessly.

Two sturdy oaks I mean, which side by side,
Withstand the winter’s storm,
And spite of wind and tide,
Grow up the meadow’s pride,
For both are strong.

Above they barely touch, but undermined
Down to their deepest source,
Admiring you shall find
Their roots are intertwined
Insep’rably.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-62)

11 Comments Add yours

  1. Anita Bowden says:

    Happy International Friendship Day, dear friemd, Amira!! 🙂 ❤ ❤

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    1. Thank you so much my dearest, dearest friend!!!! and back to you! Much joy and happiness as we celebrate this day! ❤

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  2. My dear friend Amira,
    This day is a reminder of what a friendship means to us – so I thank you for your being at my side as good friend, sharing thoughts and words, an exchange of helping each other 🙂
    Thank you for sharing this great poem, dear Amira 🙂

    Sending you love from friend to friend 🙂
    Didi

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    1. Thank you so much dear Didi, your comment warmed up my heart! ❤
      I am very grateful for the blessing of friendship and the opportunity to share things from the heart, and so today let us celebrate this beautiful day from "hear to heart and friend to friend"! Sending you best wishes and a warm hug, Amira ❤

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      1. Thank you very much, my dear friend Amira 🙂
        In gratitude and lots of hugs to you 🙂
        Didi

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        1. Thank you so much dear Didi!🙏 ❤ ❤

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  3. earthskyair says:

    Hugs to you for Friendship Day! You are such a beautiful light in my world. 💖

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    1. Oh thank you so much Nancy! ❤ ❤ ❤ I am humbled by your comment 🙏 and so grateful for the beautiful light you share! Warm hugs back dear friend! ❤

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  4. LindaP says:

    Happy friendship day Amira! sending you much love,peace and joy!Linda

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    1. Thank you so much Linda! Much love back and warm hugs wishing you unlimited blessings always! ❤

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