Adam Clarke

Rookie (12/12/1984 / Blackburn)

'Portrait Of A Friend' - Poem by Adam Clarke

I can't give solutions to all of life's problems, doubts,
or fears. But I can listen to you, and together we will
search for answers.

I can't change your past with all it's heartache and pain,
nor the future with its untold stories.
But I can be there now when you need me to care.

I can't keep your feet from stumbling.
I can only offer my hand that you may grasp it and not fall.

Your joys, triumphs, successes, and happiness are not mine;
Yet I can share in your laughter.

Your decisions in life are not mine to make, nor to judge;
I can only support you, encourage you,
and help you when you ask.

I can't prevent you from falling away from friendship,
from your values, from me.
I can only pray for you, talk to you and wait for you.

I can't give you boundaries which I have determined for you,
But I can give you the room to change, room to grow,
room to be yourself.

I can't keep your heart from breaking and hurting,
But I can cry with you and help you pick up the pieces
and put them back in place.

I can't tell you who you are.
I can only love you and be your friend.
-Unknown-


Comments about 'Portrait Of A Friend' by Adam Clarke

  • (2/6/2010 8:35:00 AM)


    A beautiful portrait of what a friend should be and what we should aspire to. (Report) Reply

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  • (2/6/2010 6:56:00 AM)


    great poem.as for the message, it's what friendship be all about.Alas! it doesn't live here anymore.the poem is a big heart pouring itself out.
    nice
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  • (2/6/2010 6:43:00 AM)


    I very much enjoyed your 'Portrait of a Friend'. As acceptance, is what friendship is all about. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, February 6, 2010



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