Everyone Needs Someone

        People need people and friends need friends

        And we all need love for a full life depends

        Not on vast riches or great acclaim,

        Not on success or on worldy fame,

        But just in knowing that someone cares

        And holds us close in their thoughts and prayers-

        For only the knowledge that we're understood

        Makes everyday living feel wonderfully good,

        And we rob ourselves of life's greatest need

        When we "lock up our hearts" and fail to heed

        The outstretched hand reaching to find

        A kindred spirit whose heart and mind

        Are lonely and longing to somehow share

        Our joys and sorrows and to make us aware

        That life's completeness and richness depends

        On the things we share with our loved ones

        and friends.

[ Helen Steiner Rice -- from Aiken Drum ]


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