My Dearest Friend

by Anthony Bennett

Your friendship is my needs answered
You are my field, which I sow with love
and reap with thanksgiving
You are my board and my fireside
for I come to you with my hunger 
And seek you for peace 

When you my friend speak your mind 
You fear not the "Nay" in your own mind,
nor do you with hold the "Aye"
And when I'm silent your heart ceases
not to listen to mine for without words
In friendship, all thoughts

All desires, all expectations are born and shared
With joy that is unclaimed.
When you part from me dearest friend
I grieve not for that which I love most
in you may be clearer in your absence
As the mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain

And let there be no purpose in friendship
But to save the deepening of the spirit.
For love that seeks ought
But the disclosure of its own mystery
is not love but a nest cast forth 
If one must know the ebb of your tide
then let him know also its flood
For what is your friend
that you should seek him with hours to kill

Seek him always with hours to live
For it is his to fill your need but not your emptiness
And in the sweetness of friendship
let there be laughter and sharing of pleasures
For in the dew of things
the heart finds its morning and is refreshed 
For you my dearest friend
the sweetness of life will always be shared
by those who Surround themselves with you,
and I'm proud to be one of them.

My Dearest Friend by Anthony Bennett

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