Category: Of beautiful friendships

A Special One

The following is a poem that my lovely-est friend, Bushra wrote for me on my birthday. I read it and re-read it when I feel low.

Happy Birthday to a friend, for whom I wish the world,
a friend who’s worthy of all things good in both worlds.
Happy Birthday to a friend who’s so dear,
a friend who’s always there, from far or near.
Happy Birthday to a friend who’s more than a friend,
a friend who’s like a sibling, a friend till the very end.
Happy Birthday to a friend I deeply treasure,
a friend whose company is always a pleasure.
Happy Birthday to a friend who’s close to perfection,
a friend who can make my day with her love and affection.
Happy Birthday to a friend who’s an inspiration,
a friend who gives me encouragement and motivation.
Happy Birthday to a friend who’s truer than true,
a friend who knows me through and through.
Happy Birthday to one leg of the tripod stand,
a friend who is my right, with Infer being the left, hand.
Happy Birthday to a friend who is the soul of my IBA life,
a friend who is pivotal in all her friends’ lives.
Happy Birthday to a friend who’s seen me at my best,
a friend who’s also seen me cry, scream, whine and the rest.
Happy Birthday to a friend who knows my every weakness,
a friend who chooses, instead, to emphasise my uniqueness.
Happy Birthday to a friend named Ilsa – a soul so pure –
a friend who’ll reach great heights – that’s for sure!

 

For a friend

For my will o’ the wisp (written for my best friend on her birthday)

The grip of your hand on my arm,

the warmth of your hug,

the silences shared,

will always be there,

like the morning each day, bright and fair.

Such memories of you and me,

spill over, peek at me,

from corners where we sat together,

from your signatures in my books,

from the past I just revisited.

You have read my mind

and like a will o’ the wisp,

been there when many turned away.

Victories, the steps I took forward,

I thank you for each of them.