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Letting Down the Guard

Updated on February 17, 2015

So used to being alone even when with someone else

Rarely showing or daring to share anything that's strongly felt

Because learning to trust that way is so very hard

It's a piece of self kept closely under guard

Because it cannot be undone once it is exposed

And one cannot unsee what has already been shown

It's never far from the back of the mind

That a friend can cease to be a friend at any time

People come and people judge you

Usually feeling that there is quite a lot to be assumed

Never stopping to find out which truth is really true

And missing quite a lot while choosing to presume

Some will offer to assist with an ulterior motive

To brag about it, usually while snubbing their noses

Others will truly mean the things they say

Yet they are not meant to be there to stay

Arising from the most precious of loving hearts

They are there to do their parts

In providing temporary moments of relief

Without seeming to see right through a human being

Sometimes, every now and then

One who takes the time to see finds a friend

And then the one that has been seen

Finds something that she did not think she'd need

Somewhere within that new discovery

Lies an even deeper secret just to being

That one must always remain true to self

Ever careful not to take on the doubts of someone else

Yet another truth there within to learn

Is how to recognize some in return

Those precious few that are worth the chance

Worth the risk just so that the heart can dance

Friends of every kind are gifts from above

Precious beings made for us to love

But there are few who choose to love long after

More is shared than just the laughter

Friends who make the choice to care even at our worst

Because the person, not the circumstance, was seen first

Are part of what makes trying so worthwhile

Even if someone else attempts to make it yet another trial


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      ArtDiva 2 years ago

      A friend, someone who gives us the wings to fly, so worth while keeping...the friend who sees our guarded self, our all. So nicely put, your poem of friendship, and trust, and so "Worth the risk just so that the heart can dance."

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      What a beautiful, well written poem about true friendship and why different people come into out lives when needed. Voted up.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      A wonderful, piece here, one worth coming back to read again. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      This is the perfect poem to begin my day with. A lovely tribute to true friendship. Thank you!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is awesome and full of truth. A true friend is hard to find, but when you do, they always come through. I loved this..

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      Hi ArtDiva! It is very much worth the risk, though I've learned quite a bit about the kind of person to take that kind of 'risk' on. Otherwise, it is easier to be a friend to someone else while remaining mostly guarded, if that makes sense.

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      Hello Jodah. I am a firm believer in Earth Angels. I've had too many people bless my life for just a second in time, but the impact has been lasting. Then there are the few that do come and stay. . .and they are just precious.

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      Thank you, Eric! It never ceases to surprise me when someone says they want to return to read again. I just don't have any words for a compliment such as that. haha

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      Thanks so much for your kind words, Bill!

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      Hi Ruby. So glad to see you here. Yes, true friends are hard to find and life sometimes takes them in their own directions and forces them to focus on their own circumstances so that they cannot see what another is going through. But - like in the song- they come back and are 'here now'.

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      What a great poem and oh so true! real friends are there forever, and keep all your secrets, but there is always someone who will take a little bit of knowledge and make up their own stories, I know that one very well! lol! great poem, voted up and shared! nell

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      Haha, Nell, I've been surrounded by those people. They are not the kind to get too close to, at least not in general. There might be exceptions. But it is a lot like the childhood game of telephone. By the time word gets back to me, it is far from truth or only half true. And then there have been people I don't even know that knew things about me. Go figure. I just figure those that talk about others that way to me will talk about me.

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      Linda Rogers 2 years ago from Minnesota

      What a touching poem on true friendship. It gave me goosebumps. Beautiful writing :)

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      Aw, goosebumps? Wow. Thank you. :)

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Entirely beautiful, but your last two verses are as especially precious as the message they give. They touch me too.

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      Thank you, MsDora. Those last two verses have extra special meaning to me as well. :)

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      A true friend in this life is a rare and precious gem. Shan, this is beautifully written and gives one pause as to that special kind of love, friendship. Friends are blessings and angels on this earth.

      Up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

      Hugs and blessings always

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      ahorseback 2 years ago

      Shannie ,!You said it right in one comment " learn who to take the risk on ", otherwise , Live and love with a passion all your own ! If you show that passion to people they can't help but respond in kind , even in today's world of 'I love you now and tomorrow I look away ' fashion ! I love how you bared your heart !..........:-]

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      Hi beautiful Faith Reaper! Yes, true friendship is a very special kind of bond indeed. Thank you for the vote up and for sharing!

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      Hello, Ed. "I love you today and tomorrow I look away." The world is full of those kinds of people, aren't they? I've met enough of them to know to treasure the real deal when it is found. Baring my heart, when I do, is much easier in writing.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

      A beautiful poem of friendship. Well written. Jamie

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      True friends are worth the investment, the risk, and the time.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Wonderful poetry. True friends are the best.

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      Hi Flourish. Yes, they are. Thank you for your visits and comments. They are much appreciated. :)

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      Aren't they, Rasma? In more ways than one. Thanks for your support here on HubPages.

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      Sara Sarwar Riaz 2 years ago from Michigan, USA

      What a beautiful tribute to true friendship... You truly let the guard down for words to arise from your heart. Very well written and heart felt.

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      Thank you, Sara!

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      Your message is so important. Recognizing and nurturing a true friendship is definitely one of life's most precious gifts. Voted up, beautiful and awesome.

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      Thank you, breakfastpop. I agree, it is a most precious gift.

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      Patricia Scott 24 months ago from sunny Florida

      Very true...some friends are special even after the laughter. How blessed we are to have them in our lives.

      Angels are on the way to you this afternoon ps

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      Shannon 24 months ago from Texas

      Thank you, ps. Laughter is great, no doubt, but it is a special thing to have someone else to talk to and share company with, good times and bad.

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