Walter W. Safar

My Friend

In a dreamlit night, I looked at a star
Like a bird without a flock.
I do not want to call solitude
What it is,
Because there are other flockless birds
Somewhere in the distance.
Yes, my friend,
We do not have to see each other
To know each other,
Because you cannot see solitude,
Yet you still know it;
When solitude wants you,
Look upon a star
And you will know that you are not alone,
Because many a gaze is friendly with the star;
When you pass a flower,
Know that it is your friend too,
Because you did not thread upon it.
When you see a bird in a cage,
Let it loose,
Because it sings its most beautiful song
When it's free;
Yes, my friend,
Friendship is like freedom,
Boundless and limitless,
Like space in human thoughts;
When a raindrop falls on your palm,
Know that it fell on the palms on many
Like a young friend;
When sorrow comes knocking at your door,
Speaking of the world's injustice,
Know that you are not alone,
Because my heart beats
Just like yours;
When the wind whispers to you
About its thousand years of wandering
And loneliness,
Know that you are not alone,
Because it whispers to me too.
Yes, my distant friend,
Solitude is not ugly
If it isn't forced upon you,
Just like friendship
Isn't friendship
If it is forced upon you.
Wonderful is the friendship
Linked by spontaneity
Like a bird's link to freedom;
Wonderful is the friendship
Linked by space
And nature;
Yes, my distant friend,
We do not have to see each other
To know each other,
Because if we do not meet during our lives,
Our souls will doubtlessly
Meet in the white heavenly fields.

Topic(s) of this poem: friendship

Poem Submitted: Saturday, December 17, 2016
Poem Edited: Saturday, February 4, 2017

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  • Neela Nath Das (3/9/2020 10:28:00 AM)

    Friendship is spontaneous and none can force to be friend unless it comes right from the bottom of one's heart.A wonderful poem.

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (2/26/2020 1:19:00 AM)

    A wonderfully written heartwarming piece......10++++

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  • Luz HanaiiLuz Hanaii (4/10/2019 1:33:00 PM)

    'Friendship is like freedom,
    Boundless and limitless,
    Like space in human thoughts'

    Wow! Walter, that is the most beautiful and touching poem I've read in a while.
    This really touched my soul/heart. I'm giving you a great Big 10+++++

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  • Catherine HabbieCatherine Habbie (2/9/2019 2:54:00 PM)

    A very touching poem.

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  • Benjamin Uy (1/2/2019 8:03:00 PM)

    Especially a beautiful a poem for a mother,
    From a loving son

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  • Benjamin Uy (1/2/2019 8:01:00 PM)

    Especially beautiful a poem for a mother,
    Many thanks

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  • Kyvin NashKyvin Nash (12/29/2018 2:55:00 AM)

    Friendship indeed lovely poem Mr W W Safar thank you for sharing

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  • M Asim NehalM Asim Nehal (12/14/2018 12:00:00 PM)

    A lovely poem on friendship I really enjoyed reading it.

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  • Akham Nilabirdhwaja SinghAkham Nilabirdhwaja Singh (1/31/2018 8:18:00 AM)

    The truth of life! Enjoyed reading the poem.

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (6/7/2017 7:13:00 AM)

    So wonderfully expressed. The feelings are very much there in the readers heart but you have given them words and voice. Thank you, Walter.
    Just like friendship / Isn't friendship / If it is forced upon you.
    Yes, my distant friend.... We do not have to see each other

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  • Matt MooneyMatt Mooney (2/3/2017 3:09:00 PM)

    Enjoyed the imagery used by the poet to convey our common humanity. Solitude is well defined. It can be a blessing to the contemplative man. A very meaningful poem.

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  • Matt MooneyMatt Mooney (2/3/2017 3:03:00 PM)

    This poem is far deeper than the title suggests. There are many fine images in it that are very beautiful like the one which refers to the drop of rain that falls on our hand and indeed the whole poem is a fine take on how contentment can be found by the contemplative man.

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  • Akham Nilabirdhwaja SinghAkham Nilabirdhwaja Singh (1/10/2017 4:38:00 AM)

    I felt it.I am not really in solitude while staying alone

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (1/8/2017 9:00:00 AM)

    Great expressions on solitude and friendship and a universal message of humanity.

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  • Cigeng ZhangCigeng Zhang (12/30/2016 8:27:00 AM)

    Very kind and gentle.

    When solitude wants you/Look upon a star/And you will know that you are not alone...
    I felt the warmth and harmony when I read this part. Beautiful.

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  • Bharati NayakBharati Nayak (12/28/2016 9:42:00 PM)

    friendship is like a freedom,
    Boundless and limitless,
    Like space in human thoughts;
    When a raindrop falls on your palm,
    Know that it fell on the palms on many
    Like a young friend;
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    Such a beautiful poem on friendship , Thanks for sharing.We are not lonely.We have so many lovely friends near and far, from a tiny flower to a distant star..

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (12/28/2016 7:50:00 AM)

    Peace and love to all mankind without racism! Nice work. Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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  • Queeny GonaQueeny Gona (12/19/2016 1:57:00 AM)

    COMPANIONSHIP WITH NATURE TO CURB SOLITUDE! BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS!

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (12/18/2016 11:32:00 AM)

    Stars shine in sky. In dream lit night looking at star gives amazing feelings. There is boundless limit and yes my friend friendship is just like freedom. This has no limit. Meting in white heavenly field builds palace of memories. Very thoughtful and nice poem this is.10

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  • Elena SanduElena Sandu (12/18/2016 2:57:00 AM)

    Beautiful thoughts, indeed, we are not alone. Thank you for sharing.

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