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Friends
by A. Keith Barton

Friday, December 24, 2004
Rated "G" by the Author.
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People come and go
Like the tideís ebb and flow
Some we choose to forget
Without remorse or regret
Others change our lives
Our souls touched and revived

Itís said we choose our friends
Iím not so sure itís pretend
Sometimes people find us
Change the minus to a plus
Letís not be too presumptuous
To assume the conspicuous

For those who desire to isolate
Prefer instead to meditate
I say youíre afraid to connect
Because youíve lost self-respect
Dare be bold and choose
You really have nothing to lose

When weíre dead and gone
Until the final note of the last song
For most, itís just another day
Many leave early, but some will stay
Our spirits indelibly linked
Memories forever etched in sync

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Reviewed by jude forese 12/25/2004
well developed poem though the last line seems a bit forced ...
Reviewed by Sandy Knauer 12/24/2004
Very nice. Having a very different attitude toward friendship myself, I enjoy studying how and why others 'choose' friends. One thing I told my children is that every person we meet serves a purpose in our life, even if to teach us what we don't want to be, so they have become a friend to our spirit if nothing else. How much we need to learn and how long we choose to hang around them is another story (smile). So, although I appreciate all of this, I especially like your last two lines.
Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader) 12/24/2004
I like your last paragraph and that is why most of my books center around a song. For every person has a song to be sung.
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