A friend over friends

“A friend over friends”
The old man would say.
Even when he wasn’t as old
Or half as wise.
For he had discovered
An elixir of joy.
A friend, a soul, a kindred spirit
Unabashed with gay abandon;
Trustful and honest
Gallant and gracious.

“A friend over friends”
The old man would say.
Oh what treasure it must be
To find that elusive, almost mythic;
A friend over friends!

 

The prompt for Day 21 of NaPoWriMo 2017 is to write a poem that incorporates overheard speech and mine is inspired by a Hindi phrase that my father uses to describe his best friend, Yaaron ka Yaar, which lierally translates to ‘a friend of friends’ but is intended to convey the profundity of his friendship.

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