A friendship of many years, is something cherished.
It has weathered the storms of life’s disappointment.
Basked in the shared glow of successes.
Held together for all else in between.
In time honoured friendship
conversation flows easily and abundantly,
for it is not stifled by
a weighing and measuring of words.
A friendship, steady through the years
is a blessed bond.
Ralph Waldo Emerson … on the meaning of friendship:
by Ralph Waldo Emerson
A ruddy drop of manly blood
The surging sea outweighs,
The world uncertain comes and goes;
The lover rooted stays.
I fancied he was fled,-
And, after many a year,
Glowed unexhausted kindliness,
Like daily sunrise there.
My careful heart was free again,
O friend, my bosom said,
Through thee alone the sky is arched,
Through thee the rose is red;
All things through thee take nobler form,
And look beyond the earth,
The mill-round of our fate appears
A sun-path in thy worth.
Me too thy nobleness had taught
To master my despair;
The fountains of my hidden life
Are through thy friendship fair.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
1803 – 1882
Transcendentalist. Essayist. Poet.