A Poet I Have Long Enjoyed…A Word On Friendship

A Poet I Have Long Enjoyed…A Word On Friendship

Just one example…..David Whyte, an excerpt on what he said about friendship…so many of his poems bring tears to my eyes…and no…my tears “filter” has never “reset” itself since Em died, and probably, never will (a good thing).

…”Friendship transcends disappearance: an enduring friendship goes on after death, the exchange only transmuted by absence, the relationship advancing and maturing in a silent internal conversational way even after one half of the bond has passed on.

But no matter the medicinal virtues of being a true friend or sustaining a long close relationship with another, the ultimate touchstone of friendship is not improvement, neither of the self nor of the other, the ultimate touchstone of friendship is witness, the privilege of having been seen by someone and the equal privilege of being granted the sight of the essence of another, to have walked with them and to have believed in them, and sometimes just to have accompanied them for however brief a span, on a journey impossible to accomplish alone.”

I just think that is beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. What better way can you describe a true friend? Anyway, I have loved his writing for many years and thought someone might like to explore his words, and you might find some things that truly speak to your heart.

I think he said something about poetry to the effect that it is an interface between one’s experience of the outer world and the inner core of one’s being, one’s heart, one’s soul. I like that. That kind of reverberates right inside me. And, Some of his poems go right to the core of who you are, or want to be, speaking to your soul in a way that makes you both fidget with your consciousness and still feel at home inside yourself.

This is Neal Harvey……good day!

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David Whyte

David Whyte is a poet, author and internationally acclaimed speaker.


Neal Klein
Life After Emilee, on the loss of my wife to pancreatic cancer. I’m not accepting comments right now but please feel free to get in touch via my Contact page (nmitchk@aol.com)