What is a Friend?

g07l0011.jpg  Definitions of a friend vary widely.  The following is my favorite.  What I appreciate most about this short poem by Ms. Craik is that she doesn’t use the specific word, “friend” or “friendship.”  She doesn’t have to.  The concept(s) are intrinsic within the poem itself.

The following quote is widely attributed to George Eliot, but it was actually written by Dinah Maria (Mulock) Craik (1826-1887). Those who get the author correct often get the source wrong, crediting it to a poem, “Friendship”. Poem of the Week has the definitive answer: the quote is from Craik’s novel, A Life for a Life, published in 1859, but it also appeared – nearly 80 years later – in a collection of poems under the title, “Friendship”.

Oh, the comfort —
The inexpressible comfort of feeling
safe with a person,
Having neither to weigh thoughts,
Nor measure words — but pouring them
All right out — just as they are —
Chaff and grain together —
Certain that a faithful hand will
Take and sift them —
Keep what is worth keeping —
and with the breath of kindness
Blow the rest away.


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One Response

  1. And may the Lord give to us in this last time many exciting experiences and joy and love and open the heaven with visions and power and use us THAT WIN THE SINNERS HEART TO HIM AND se greatful profesy visions and dreams and take us in the next the night that see how the angeks host will sing and worship the God and miracles and opportune that tell about Jesus,THANKS ANDBLESS AND BLESS AND PRAY,keijo sweden

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