My last vacation took me to Egypt. I am always fascinated by the desert. I know my best friend is just as fascinated and so I brought her a piece of the desert.
Terry, I think the following poem was written just for you.
A True Friend
Is one who understands where you have been,
accepts who you have become
and loves you unconditionally as you are.
She does not wish you luck as you step out into the unknown...
she walks into the void by your side.
She will not offer distractions
nor easy advice in your time of need...
instead she will pray for wisdom, born of compassion
and a willingness to take your pain upon herself.
Such a friend will always speak of you when you are not present,
as though you were,
and though she may not always share your sunny days,
she will always be there to help you through the stormy ones.
She is not skeptical of your blooming,
nor jealous of your shining apart from her,
for she seeks not to steal your joy,
but to multiply it.
It has been well said that there is no greater
love than this...
for a true friend does not take life from you,
she gives you her own.
Thanks for your friendship and so much more.
Eternal gratitude and love my dear friend Terry.
Yours DDM Andrea.
Desert Oasis by Mehdi from his Instrumental Odyssey, Vol 2