Manly Friends

Serge Mendzhiyskog

“My companion laid hands on a friend
     and violated a covenant with me
        with speech smoother than butter,
     but with a heart set on war;
        with words that were softer than oil,
           but in fact were drawn swords.
     Cast your burden on the Lord,
        and he will sustain you;
           he will never permit
              the righteous to be moved.” ~ Psalm 55:20-22

In this life
a man will find
many friendships
but not many friends
waiting dock`side
when he retires
from the sea

We do well
with teamwork
joining our hands
to achieve some tasks
names on badges
or numbers on
our helmets

But we hide
behind our titles
Use technical terms
when personal words
could open windows
to genuine manly

When the tasks are done
we’ll find ourselves alone


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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2 Responses to Manly Friends

  1. wow – this really resonates – as I, too, have been reflecting on my very many friendships and very few friends


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