Friends That Don’t Let You Down

RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR

“There is nothing we like to see so much as the gleam of pleasure in a person’s eye when he feels that we have sympathised with him, understood him. At these moments something fine and spiritual passes between two friends. These are the moments worth living.” — Don Marquis

“Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow
Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead
Just walk beside me and be my friend.” — Albert Camus

“When I’m doing all right
You stand by me
When I’m edgy
You stand too by me firmly, saying: “This too shall pass.”

And nodding gently as time ticks by
You study me like a book
And slowly read me
Through your gentle eyes and kindness deep.

With several moments of repartee, wit and true friendship
You inspire and guide me
As grains of wisdom fill your smiling face
Nothing mundane matters in your thoughtful notepad.

When I look yonder into the horizon
With optimism resident in my mind
Or, murmur why things are sometimes difficult
You help me pace upon such times with stoical grace and equanimity
Helping me succeed and fulfil my fondest hopes and dreams.”