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Well you find out who your friends are
When you’re getting’ kicked around
They’re the ones still up there scrappin’
When you’re out cold on the ground
They’re the ones who will drag you off
When it isn’t time to fight
And never let you
Out of their sight

There’s times they themselves should thump you
But they never seem perturbed
Even when it’s them
You’re cuttin’ up with words
They’re the ones who tolerate you
And can dismiss you with a shrug
And then turn around
And crush you with a hug

Now I’ve been known to travel
With a rough and tumble lot
But they will give most freely
Of everything they’ve got
They have lost all their illusions
But have clung tight to their delusions
And would give their dyin’ drop
For your transfusion

Now then the way I see it
I’m a very lucky man
Though I count my compadres
On just one hand
Well you find out who your friends are
When you’re getting’ kicked around
They’re the ones still up there rumblin’
When you’re out cold on the ground

©2003, duke larance, dba raoul abrasive litanies

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Reviewed by Kathy Pekarcik (Reader) 9/3/2003
Amen to this with a capital "A".

Reviewed by jude forese 8/29/2003
good friends are indeed hard to find...
Reviewed by Jimmy Holder 8/27/2003
Yes, you are a lucky man indeed to have compadres like that ...
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 8/27/2003
Great write!
Reviewed by Bhuwan Thapaliya 8/27/2003
WOrds of wisdom my saving this in my file!!!!!
Reviewed by The Gentle Man 8/26/2003
Whan an excellent poem and so very Thank you for sharing this gem!
Reviewed by Katy Walsvik 8/26/2003
Ahh, duke.. there isn't a doubt in my mind that this is straight out of your heart and absolutely true, from wall to wall! I especially love the 3rd stanza/verse.. that last line brought the weepies.. god, that's it, isn't it? How clever you are to point out that these special people are less than a handful.. but that's all we need. Just wonderful! katy xox.
Reviewed by Carolyn Red Bear (The Bear Paw) 8/26/2003
Wow, Duke, written with power behind that experience! Such true words.... thank you...
In Spirit,
Reviewed by Leland Waldrip 8/26/2003
Great rhythmic write, Duke, with much wisdom.
When the chips are down ...
Best regards,
Reviewed by Leland Waldrip 8/26/2003
Excellent piece Duke!
Reviewed by E T Waldron 8/26/2003
I love the rhythm of this Duke, and the wise words are well written!
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 8/26/2003
Good one, lot of wisdom here.
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 8/26/2003
Well, I have learnt a lot recently about friends. I can only say this much.

Good thought-provoking write.

Sandie Angel a.k.a. May Lu :o)
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 8/26/2003
Damn. That's good.
Reviewed by Christine Morell 8/26/2003
Very wise, very well written.

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