“ A State of Amity ” ~ once upon a friend ~


That first breath

Of amity,

Gives on occasion

A propitious sense

Suggesting a state

Of enduring depth,

That thus infers

Its ensuing leads

To lasting friendship

Of affability,

And resilient so

As to bathe lifelong

In honest reserve…


Save said breath

Be given voice

Of jaundice choice,

How then inflicted

Might one deny

Its rootless stand,

Germinated so

In dubious ethics,

Ne’er more to be

Than a gasp

Of shallow purpose,

Thus to express

A state of amity

That belies no less,

Once upon a friend

Did but  forever live,

In a self serving façade!



2 thoughts on ““ A State of Amity ” ~ once upon a friend ~

  1. Just a few quotes about “Once upon a friend”:
    The first one is from Nietzsche, and I like it:
    “L’amitié naît lorsqu’on a pour l’autre une estime supérieure à celle qu’on a pour soi-même”.
    Friendship is born from having greater respect for the other, than we have for one’s self.

    Another one, more cynical from Aristote
    “Celui qui n’est plus ton ami, ne l’a jamais été”
    “one who is no longer your friend, never was”

    • I thank you for your flattering choice of two truly excellent quotes to describe what this work said to you. Feels like you read between the lines that ran thru my mind as I wrote ‘A State of Amity’.

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