Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Portrait Of A Friend

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 answer. 

I can't change your past
with all its heartache and pain,
or 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 or 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.

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