Friendship and friends come and go

Like a ball, lost, in high weeds

When one loses a friend, what?

I lost a friend today,

But really it wasn't just today.

I probably lost him yesterday,

Or was it last week,

Or last month,

Or last year?

We were such great friends.

Why

We both attended

The same little,

One-roomed,

schoolhouse,

For colored children,

Grades one through eight.

However,

Our university education

Took different pathways.

His pathway towards doctoral studies

Went through universities

I do not know.

As for my educational journey,

I studied at

Oakland university

At Rochester, Michigan,

And at

Michigan state university

(The college of human medicine),

And at

The George Washington university's

College of the Health Sciences

And medicine.

I ended my greatest struggle

Earning a graduate degree

In theological studies

From

Vanderbilt University's

The Divinity School.

A good friend

Is more valuable

Than all the education

In the world.

The friend I lost

Has a new wife.

She has a wonderful family.

The new wife

Is a young girl.

She can give him

More Joy

Than the friendship

Of an old man

Who used to be a great friend.

"I feel like

A lost ball

In high weeds."

I good friend is valuable.

Like Jesus said,

No greater love than this,

That a man lay down his Life

For a friend.

Friends may come and go,

But our God abides

Forever.


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whonunuwho 3 months ago from United States

I know the feeling my friend. Some acquaintances I had back in school will hardly speak to me now. I don't know why. Back then they were the best I could have. I guess it all depends on the times and individual needs in our lives. I regard anyone who has been a past friend as one forever. Thank you for your nice poetry. whonu

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