How many friends do you have?

          Think about it....

          The old man turned to me and asked
          "How many friends have you?"
          Why 10 or 20 Friends have I,
          And named off just a few--
          He rose quite slow with effort
          And sadly shook his head
          "A lucky child you are
          To have so many friends," he said,
          But think of what you're saying
          There is so much you do not know
          A friend is just not someone
          to whom you say "Hello"

          A friends a tender shoulder
          on which to softly cry
          A well to poor your troubles down
          and raise your spirits high

          A friend is a hand to pull you up
          From darkness and despair...
          when all your other "so called" friends
          Have helped to put you there

          A true friend is an ally
          who can't be moved or bought
          a voice to keep your name alive
          when others have forgot

          But most of all a friend is a heart
          a strong and sturdy wall
          for from the hearts of friends
          There comes the greatest love of all
          So think of what I've spoken
          for every word is true

          And answer once again my child
          How many friends have you??
          And then he stood and faced me
          Awaiting my reply

          Softly I answered
          If Lucky......
          One Have "I"

[ Author Unknown -- from 'Love Quotes' ]


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