When we make plans, meet, and our first thought
is to give each other big-smushy hugs
filled with the gratitude of friendship
it feels like the down of a favorite comforter.

Both present, talking authentically
about the stuff that matters
while the server quietly takes our plates
that’s the time when our shoulders are relaxed
and we exhale fully. breathe…because
it’s safe
we get each other without judgment and with total acceptance.

When the tears well up in our eyes
and sometimes spill over because of life’s pain
or life’s happiness, it’s always met with
open-heartedness and sweet empathy.

When the fear or suffering of illness
for ourselves or loved ones
comes sneaking into our lives, rest assured dear friend
that we are walking together, holding hands
on our sometimes dusty paths.

©Alexis Rose, image source: Pixabay

Thank you for reading my books: If I Could Tell You How It Feels, and Untangled, A Story of Resilience, Courage, and Triumph    

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