Friends (for Gerd Irene)


I will send you funny jokes

Across the internet.

Though we do not need reminders,

Lest we might forget.

Friendship, once it is cemented,

Lasts a thousand years.

We can hug across the ocean;

Kiss through joy and tears.

When we meet, it is as if

We never have been parted.

The time we spend in company

Is sunny and lighthearted.

Whatever life may throw at us,

We need not run for cover.

For, under friendship’s parasol,

We’ll shelter one another.


©Ruth Twyman Lockyer Ørje, Norway September 2013

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