David Harris

Gold Star - 4,611 Points (18 June 1945 / Bradfield, England)

For My New Friend - Poem by David Harris

I read a poem the other day,
of how we should look at the inner person.
Not at the way, that person looks or dresses,
nor the texture and colour of their skin,
but the real person that lies within.
I made a new friend last week by doing exactly that.
So many people had told me
that he was arrogant and abusive,
that he expected you
to do everything for him.
The person they were talking about is a paraplegic.
He lives his days in a wheelchair,
has trouble opening doors
and doing the up the laces in his shoes.
So yes, he needs help now and then.
I was helping him navigate
through several sets of doors.
We struck up a conversation,
and as we talked I found
what none of the others had seen.
He wasn’t arrogant and abusive,
but really very polite.
He had lovely sense of humour
and lovely smile.
I could immediately sense
there was a kind heart within.
As we talked I noticed something else too,
this poor lad had a lonely side as well.
By the time we reached the final door,
which I opened, for him,
I felt a little taller.
I had gained a new friend.
We said we would talk again
and left it at that.
Today when I saw him and said “Hello.”
A large smile came across his face,
and it set everything aglow.

1 October 2007

Comments about For My New Friend by David Harris

  • Ernestine Northover (10/2/2007 12:01:00 PM)

    Good on ya David, a lovely story of kindness and friendship. We should all be ready to help each other, whatever situation they are in.
    Lovely write.
    love and hugs Ernestine XXX

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  • (10/2/2007 3:44:00 AM)

    Well i can tell him, he could not find a better friend in you david...19 (Report)Reply

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  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (10/1/2007 5:47:00 PM)

    Very well penned work, David...Your attention to establishing a building, captive tone from the onset of your work, is compelling.Solid Work, my friend...Top Marks!


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Poem Submitted: Monday, October 1, 2007

Poem Edited: Tuesday, April 12, 2011

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