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What kind of friend are you?

If you had a friend in need
with nowhere else to turn,
would you offer words of comfort
but stand back and watch her burn?
If you didn't have the means to help,
would you shrug your shoulders and say,
"I wish you all the best my friend."
and then promise her you'll pray?
Words of comfort are all well and good
but words do not settle the debt
And a person in such a predicament
Fears derision is all they'll get
It hurts me to think that
there are these fair-weather friends
who are there when the road is straight
but fall away at the turns and bends
It's not easy to stand up and say,
"I'll stand with you until the end!
and we'll fight this battle back to back
I'm with you through this my friend."

Chanti 2005

I wrote this for a friend who is facing a crisis right now and desperately needs a miracle. If you read this, please click on the link below and if you can, help me to help her. There are many ways in which you can help. One of them is to get the word out there and send the poem and the link to your email list. Time is running out for her and the situation is desperate. Please don't ignore this and listen to your heart. You may one day need the same kind of help. I've set up this site to help my friend but if we raise more money than we need, we will set up a fund to help others in need. If you do visit the site, please also read my journal entries there.
Thank you!


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Reviewed by Cynth'ya
Perfect way to poetically say that actions speak louder than shrugs (and words!)
blessin's Sis Chanti,
Reviewed by Pierre Ortega
All I have and all I am is what I write.
True friends
hold each others hands
till the very end
and after trusting each other
through their dark and light
after sharing more
than they ever thought they might
would give their very lives to defend
The lovely one they call their friend.
Reviewed by Biri Amante (Reader)
You are a true-blue friend, as they say.
A lovely, pleading poem.

P.S. So is your picture on BIO page.
You have a hat just like mine!
Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G
Chanti'- How nice of you to go above and beyond for your dear sweet friend. I don't believe I met her here online but, if your friend needs help. I will click into that site you left. I will do what I can- a few things can wait in my life right now. I'm listening to my heart- I have your friend in my heart and I'm sending beamsssssss of love, GREAT Health and Wisdom to find it all, sent to you today- I'm going into the site nowwwww... *(Sorry, it took me so long to get here) WARM HuGs2U -Both- Lady,Sheee P.S. YOUr friendship will never go unforgotten- your a true survivor of a friend! UnConditional love is So very important in ALL relationships! : ) Amen and God speed!OX Karma is here.... YOu too, STAy Strong as her! -Plant a SEED and WATCH it GROWwww-
Reviewed by Paul Williams
Who cannot be moved by your ever loving and giving heart Chanti, you are the most loyal and precious of friends. Circumstance prevents me from offering any immediate help but in the near future help shall be and will be given.

Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
i can't help financially (i am poor), but I CAN offer prayers for your friend...god help her in her time of need...thank you for being such a good friend to her; i am indeed blessed in having you as one! all the best to your friend!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in tx., karen lynn. :(
Reviewed by Barbara Terry
Chanti, this is a very heartfelt plea for help and a generous and kind heart is what you have. I read Sunshine's story and OMG Chanti, no one, child, woman, man (and there are men who are sexually assaulted too), should have to bear the weight of this type of crime committed against them.

I have no money now, but I will send something for our friend Sunshine, because sis, if she is a friend of yours, she is a friend of mine too.

May the Lord Jesus bless Sunshine, that she may get the badly needed funds for her recovery. May He also bless you kind Chanti for your unselfish heart, and be with you always, and at your side constantly. With much love in my heart, stubborn to a fault, joy to the world, peace on earth, & ((((((((((MANY WONDERFUL SISTERLY HUGGGGSSSS)))))))))), your little sister, Barbie

"If I have to be this girl in me, Then I may as well be."
Reviewed by Handsum Hart
A very thoughtful write.

Best wishes
Reviewed by jude forese
Reviewed by Sandie Angel
Will go and read...

Sandie Angel a.k.a. Sandie May Angel :o)
Reviewed by Tami Ryan
To all my friends here at the Den:

Have you ever been the recipient of unconditional love? I know how much Chanti dislikes public acknowledgement, so Ill keep this part brief. I had never experienced unconditional love until I met Chanti. For her compassionate and giving heart, I have been most blessed. I will be forever grateful for the gift of her friendship and, although I pray she never needs it, I would return the favor, without question.

I have had numerous opportunities to write about something painful in my life, but nothing I have ever written has been as difficult to write as this. I am embarrassed and humiliated, and it truly is hard for me to ask for help. I can be stubborn and proud; they are two of my biggest downfalls, but silence is no longer an option for me.

I have been a member here for two years and many of you here know me. What you will read here is not about a property foreclosure or the loss of a job both of those events have already occurred. It is here that, as a friend, I ask you to click on the link Chanti has included here. I humbly ask your understanding and your help in whatever capacity, no matter how small. As a fellow writer, I ask your understanding and patience and, if nothing else, I ask for your prayers. Time is of the essence.

Thanks for listening.

My love to you all,
Tami Ryan
Reviewed by Regis Auffray
"It hurts me to think that
there are these fair-weather friends
who are there when the road is straight
but fall away at the turns and bends"
I can relate to what is stated in this poem particularly at this moment and the circumstances in which I find myself. You are a true friend, Chanti. I shall check out the site in question. Much love to you. Regis
Reviewed by Chanti Niven
Karla, thank you for your precious words. Your kindness really shines through. I wish for everyone who reads this and needs a miracle of their own to get one. If you do read this and also need help, please email me.

Trask, I'm really sorry to read about your own circumstances and even sorrier to hear that you did not have a friend around when you were in such dire need. I simply cannot stand around and be a witness to my friend's demise. It is not my nature to do so. I am not doing this for what I can get and although I have no doubt my friend would do the same for me, this is not my motive. My gain is the satisfaction of knowing that I did my best. It is all I can do.

Thanks to those who have shown such loving concern. Your turn will come...
Love Chanti
Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK
If You Live Be 195 Years Old & Still Have 1 True Friend In The End All Rest Be But Acquaintances_

Everybody Carries a Burden,i.e. I Slept In My car 5 Long Months After Losen My Home (Fraudulent Foreclosure),My Belongings, My Van,Lost My Business- Totally Bankrupt---NO FRIENDS WHO DID NOT WANT MONEY$$$ Were NO WHERE TO BE FOUND---26 Years Later There Are No Miracles_

If He Or She's Really Your True Friend ( Would They Do Same?) Then If So Be It--You Stand Besides Him Now Until Both Of Your Ends...

Death Is Inevitable,i.e. I Am Realist Not an Idealist...

Credit For The Write...

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner

Every person should have such a friend as you. This is one of the most beautiful, compassionate poems I've read in a while--thank you. I wish I could help financially...but mine are severely lacking as well. I will check out the site and see what else I can do (besides pray). Thank you--

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :(
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