This was written for my wonderful friend, Anna, whose closeness to me is akin to a twin. When faced with the devastating news that she had cancer, I wrote this poem and brought it to the hospital as I felt I could not let a moment go by without ensuring that she knew how much our friendship means to me.

With love and courage, I am pleased to say that she successfully beat her cancer, and continues to be my caring and trusted friend to this day.

This poem originally was published in Friendship Poems

What Is A Friend?
A friend is someone you hold dear:
Someone who is always there, through thick and thin;
Someone who is only a phone call away.

A friend is someone you can always rely on:
Someone who is there to share your thoughts with;
Someone to listen, no matter the subject.

A friend is someone you can feel comfortable with:
Someone you can sit silently beside, without conversation;
Someone you do not need to fill the quiet moments with.

A friend is someone you can trust:
Someone who will guard your deepest secrets;
Someone who will never let you down.

A friend is someone who is not judgmental:
Someone who will gently offer advice and opinions,
Yet, someone who is not overbearing or critical.

A friend is someone who can keep you grounded:
Someone who can help you see through your obstacles;
Someone to shoulder you through life's trials.

A friend is someone who shares unconditionally:
Someone to laugh and to cry with;
Someone to lean on, through both the good and the bad.

A friend is someone you choose wisely,
For a friend is your own mirrored image:
Someone to compliment your own self;
Someone who indicates who you are as a person.

A friend.... is what you are to me.

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  • Levy
    I love this poem. so simple and yet so true. it's touching! keep up the good work!
  • Douglas
    A special friend of mine just needed a confidence boost & some reassurance. the poemhelped
  • Roselaure
    I can't even think of anything to say right now. This poem is sooo beautiful and sweet. It show how much you really do care for taht one special friend. You are a very good friend to write this. This poem can even make one cry, as I'm writing this I'm trying to hold back my tears. A poem like this really describe the true meaning of a friend. I've been looking for a poem like this, well I guess I finally find it. This is one of the sweetest poems I've ever read. Keep on doing what you do. You are a fantastic poet. THANK YOU!
  • Katrina
    I think that it is awesome, it has a lote of truthful meaning about friendship, it relates to me because i trust my friend with alot of secrets and she trust's me with hers, it's just great having somebody there for you each and every day!
  • Alejandra
    this poem is very cool i really like it
  • Portia
    I love the poem because it represents how I feel about a friend of mine
  • Jessie
    I dont even know what to say. This poem is a AMAZING ONE! You touched my heart so much! I lost my best friend to a fight a few months ago and it made me think of how much I miss her and how much I want to be friends! So I decided that soon I will call her and try to work things out! Thanks for making me look beyond and try to fix a broken friendship! Thanks again
  • penny
    very moving words. great poem
  • Herlina
    Wow. I really love this poem. I always searching the meaning of FRIEND and now I found this poem. So great and touching my heart. thanks. kit. !
  • seng
    I love to read this. all the words from this poem tell how precious is a friend. ! i love it.
  • Mary
    awesome
  • kiki
    This poem made me think of my best friend which is also my sister. As soon as i started reading it i thought of my sister.
  • Torry
    Good job! this is a great poem.
  • dawn
    its lovely ,describes my friend exactly
  • Kourtney
    I thought this poem was touching because im goin through a tough time right now. Im in a fight with two of my good friends and they are talkin about me and turning there backs on me, so i thoght this poem is very touching because everybody needs a friend
  • Katelyn
    this was a great way to express friendship and after my HUGE fight with my best friend for life i thought that i was going to die. but now that ive heard this poem its made me feel better n think of her. thanks
  • RAEGAN
    I JUST WANTED YOU TO KNOW THAT I THINK THT THIS THE MOST BEUITFUL POEM I HAVE READ. MY BEST FRIEND WAS DIGNOIGSED WITH TREMINAL CANCER ABOUT A MONTH AGO AND SHE IS NOT DOING GOOD! AS A MATTER OF FACT THE HAVE SAID JUST TO KEEP HER CONFORTABLE, BECAUSE IT HAS SPREAD SO FAST . THIS HAS BROUGHT ME RIGHT TO WHAT I WOULD WANT HER TO KNOW ! THANKS FOR SUCH A BEUITFUL WAY OF SAYING WHAT I WANTED TO SAY TO HER BUT COULD NOT FIND THE WORDS, THIS IS IT ALL!
  • randy
    I love the way you wrote your true feeling how freind should be keep on writting your poetery show someone like me can start my own.
  • Collin
    I have not read a better definition of a friend anywhere. This is truly what a friend should be. Excellent Kit McCallum.
  • Chery
    An exceptional definition of a friend!
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