Poetry Friday:

Poetry Friday is hosted by Chelanne at Books 4 Learning

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We met, the four of us, first as colleagues and collaborators, and then as friends. Teachers, writers, poets and wanna-be poets. What a joy it has been to share this week’s writing retreat at Old Bedlam Farm with Margaret Simon, Julieanne Harmatz, and Kimberley Moran.  Thank you, for deepening and refreshing my spirit.

Friendship IXX by Kahlil Gibran

And a youth said, “Speak to us of Friendship.”

Your friend is your needs answered.

He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving.

And he is your board and your fireside.

For you come to him with your hunger, and you seek him for peace.

When your friend speaks his mind you fear not the “nay” in your own mind, nor do you withhold the “ay.”

And when he is silent your heart ceases not to listen to his heart;

For without words, in friendship, all thoughts, all desires, all expectations are born and shared, with joy that is unacclaimed.

When you part from your friend, you grieve not;

For that which you love most in him may be clearer in his absence, as the mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain.

And let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit.

For love that seeks aught but the disclosure of its own mystery is not love but a net cast forth: and only the unprofitable is caught.

And let your best be for your friend.

If he must know the ebb of your tide, let him know its flood also.

For what is your friend that you should seek him with hours to kill?

Seek him always with hours to live.

For it is his to fill your need, but not your emptiness.

And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures.

For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.

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Sophie awaits your return.
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12 thoughts on “Poetry Friday:

  1. “For in the dew of little things…” That image of Sophie waiting made me tear up. Little things, this place, your friendship fill me up and leave me refreshed. Until next time.

  2. What a beautiful tribute to the time spent with friends. I love these lines:

    “When you part from your friend, you grieve not;

    For that which you love most in him may be clearer in his absence, as the mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain.”

    I also love your new banner photo. Tara.

  3. I’m going to comment on the banner photo, too–it is beautiful.

    “And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter,” I’m sure there was plenty at your retreat! Laughter is one of the most necessary components of being human.

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