Treasure Island

Palas Kumar Ray


Difficult To Say

Who's your friend, who's your foe
difficult to say, difficult to know.
Whom you do love, whom you do care
whom you do trust, with whom you do share
your hope and despair, your happiness and woe
is perhaps your friend, perhaps not a foe
but difficult to say, difficult to know
who's your friend, who's not so.

It may not be true but beware
he doesn't love you, she doesn't care
he doesn't trust you, she doesn't share
his happiness and woe, her hope and despair
is perhaps not a friend, perhaps a foe
perhaps you're shocked, afraid but true
difficult to say, difficult to know
who's your friend, who's not so.

© Palas Kumar Ray.All rights reserved. 

Submitted: Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Edited: Friday, June 06, 2014

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  • Mamta Agarwal (6/22/2009 3:19:00 AM)

    since I LAST READ THIS POEM, i agree these days it is difficult to say, who is your friend and who's your foe. However, if we look at every one with suspicion and sit on the fence, we wouldn't know. therefore we have to take a chance, even after being badly burnt.

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  • Little Hatila ;) (11/7/2008 5:05:00 PM)

    with time passing this will be clear...
    coz friends will be there for us in the time of need
    but for now no one knows who is our enemy and who is our friend....

    i really loved it 10

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  • Marilyn Lott (10/8/2008 5:41:00 AM)

    A true friend is such a treasure that it's worth the effort and the time to take a chance. A poem with depth. '10! '

    Best Wishes,
    Marilyn (Report) Reply

  • Ashraful Musaddeq (10/6/2008 4:54:00 AM)

    'Who's your friend, who's your foe
    is difficult to say, is difficult to know.'

    Very true Palash, very true!
    Moving composition.
    10 for it. (Report) Reply

  • Sarwar Chowdhury (9/23/2008 6:26:00 AM)

    The way u looked, its difficult sure!

    Love is moving, hatred moving, foes moving, friends moving! the world moving! phenomena moving!
    Just the time, handsahke, huggs, kisses, sharing happen that's true for that time!

    your expression fine indeed and.........+++++++++10 (Report) Reply

  • Ivor Hogg (7/30/2008 7:13:00 AM)

    Indeed this is true and well expressed you have a good command of english (Report) Reply

  • Priyanka Shetty (7/23/2008 2:25:00 PM)

    it is difficult to say indeed....... great work... i can relate to this poem.. thanks a lot....... (Report) Reply

  • Kesav Easwaran (7/23/2008 4:02:00 AM)

    yes difficult indeed...believe in you...believe other way... good write on a simple truth 10 (Report) Reply

  • Jhane Reyes (7/22/2008 4:45:00 AM)

    yeah its true, we sometimes or most of the times we're not aware of who's true and who's not true to us, may our best friend is our best enemy and enemy become our friend... nice poem, , , love it!

    jhane (Report) Reply

  • Jayaprakash Panicker (7/21/2008 4:29:00 AM)

    Dear Mr. Ray, it is really a difficult proposition for us all, in these times of great changes and revoloutions, that we are unable to tell apart who is who and what is what. your new addition give a deeper insight into this fathomless issue man has been facing ever since he started his social life. eve did not know who his freind was, adam did not know either. we are at a loss. thanks for your poem i rate it excellent. (Report) Reply

  • Emancipation Planz (7/19/2008 6:14:00 AM)

    This is a clever piece but it brings no peace.. there is sadness here..
    as the acceptance of unconditional love tis the one that human's falter with that degenerates to all other areas of life.. aroha xx (Report) Reply

  • Mamta Agarwal (7/17/2008 3:10:00 AM)

    Palas, this is very good, we really can't tell anymore who is our friend and foe. people you have known all your life also remain a puzzle. our best bet is God. i think the paradox is that do we know ourselves? who am i is a good point to start from. (Report) Reply

  • Catherine Rica Cosico (7/13/2008 10:09:00 AM)

    There are two faces of the two sides of a can never tell who is who until it is tested by time......great piece.

    Cate (Report) Reply

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