A selection of verses that deal with the theme of friendship, one of the most complicated and emotional.
The saying goes that “who has a friend, has a treasure”. Friendship, that strange relationship of trust, affection and affection between two or more people to whom they do not join blood ties but their own contact with each other, is something practically essential for the human being.
Having friends helps us to live our lives with positivity, sharing our life experiences with like-minded people and helping us to mature, learn and grow, as well as being able to rely on them in difficult times.
Friendship has been valued since ancient times, having been the object of reflection and research from both philosophy and different sciences. This concept has also been the inspiration for numerous artistic works, including poems of great beauty that try to reflect the importance of having a true friend. Among them we will see a selection of friendship poems.
9 great friendship poems
Then we leave you with a total of nine poems of friendship of great beauty, which we can read to inspire ourselves and reflect on the importance of those people who surround us and to whom we are united by affection, having chosen each other to share part of our lives.
1. Friendship (Carlos Castro Saavedra)
Friendship is the same as a hand that supports its fatigue in another hand and feels that fatigue is mitigated and the path becomes more human.
The sincere friend is the brother clear and elemental like the ear, like the bread, like the sun, like the ant that mistakes honey for summer.
Great wealth, sweet company is that of the being that arrives with the day and brightens our inner nights.
Source of coexistence, of tenderness, is the friendship that grows and matures in the midst of joys and pains.
This Colombian poet expresses in his verses the support and consolation that sincere friendship with someone offers, as well as the joy and affection with which it enriches our lives.
2. Some friendships are eternal (Pablo Neruda)
Sometimes you find in life a special friendship: that someone who, when entering your life, changes it completely.
That someone who makes you laugh incessantly; that someone who makes you believe that there really are good things in the world.
That someone who convinces you that there is a door ready for you to open. That is an eternal friendship …
When you are sad and the world seems dark and empty, that eternal friendship lifts your spirits and makes that dark and empty world suddenly seem bright and full.
Your eternal friendship helps you in difficult, sad, and confusing moments.
If you walk away, your eternal friendship follows you.
If you lose your way, your eternal friendship guides you and makes you happy.
Your eternal friendship takes you by the hand and tells you that everything will be fine.
If you find such friendship, you feel happy and full of joy because you have nothing to worry about.
You have a friendship for life, since an eternal friendship has no end.
Neruda wrote these verses in order to make us see how friendship helps us to move on, to get excited about the day to day and to share and make us see hope for a better future.
3. My friend (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)
My friend, I need your friendship so much. I thirst for a companion who respects in me, above the disputes of reason, the pilgrim of that fire.
Sometimes I need to taste in advance the promised warmth And rest, beyond myself, in that appointment that will be ours.
Hallo peace. Beyond my clumsy words, beyond the reasoning that can deceive me, you consider in me, simply the Man, you honor in me the ambassador of beliefs, of customs, of particular loves.
If I differ from you, far from diminishing you I magnify you. You question me as the traveler is questioned,
I, like everyone else, experience the need to be recognized, I feel pure in you and I go to you. I have the need to go there where I am pure.
My formulas or my adventures have never been the ones that informed you about who I am, but the acceptance of who I am has necessarily made you indulgent towards those adventures and those formulas.
I am grateful to you because you receive me as I am. What should I do with a friend who judges me?
If I still fight, I will fight a little for you. I need you. I have the need of helping you to live.
The author of “The Little Prince” expresses in this poem the need for a friend who does not judge him, who supports and respects him and who accepts him unconditionally.
4. Poem to a friend (Unknown)
I cannot give you solutions for all the problems in life, nor do I have answers for your doubts or fears, but I can listen to you and share it with you.
I can not change your past or your future. But when you need me I will be with you. I can not prevent you from stumbling. I can only offer you my hand to hold on and not fall.
Your joys, your triumphs and your successes are not mine. But I sincerely enjoy when I see you happy. I do not judge the decisions you make in life. I limit myself to supporting, stimulating and helping you if you ask me.
I cannot draw you limits within which you must act, but I do offer you the necessary space to grow.
I cannot avoid your sufferings when some pain separates your heart, but I can cry with you and pick up the pieces to put it together again.
I can’t tell you who you are or who you should be. I can only love you as you are and be your friend. These days I prayed for you … These days I began to remember my most precious friends.
I am a happy person: I have more friends than I imagined.
That’s what they tell me, they show me, it’s how I feel about all of them.
I see the sparkle in their eyes, the spontaneous smile and the joy they feel when they see me.
And I also feel peace and joy when I see them and when we speak, whether in joy or in serenity, these days I thought of my friends, among them, you appeared.
You weren’t top, bottom, or middle. You didn’t top or end the list. You weren’t number one or final number.
What I know is that you stood out for some quality that you transmitted and with which my life has been noble for a long time.
And I do not claim to be the first, the second or the third on your list. As long as you love me as a friend. Then I understood that we really are friends. I did what every friend does: I prayed … and thanked God for you. Thanks for being my friend
On this occasion, it is expressed how much friendship should be valued, not as a position or competition to be the best or the worst but as a relationship of affection and sincere concern for each other. This poem has been attributed to Jorge Luís Borges, but it is not the work of that author.
5. Poem of friendship (Octavio Paz)
Friendship is a river and a ring. The river flows through the ring.
The ring is an island in the river. The river says: before there was no river, then only river.
Before and after: what erases friendship. The river flows and the ring forms.
Friendship erases time and thus frees us. It is a river that, as it flows, invents its rings.
In the sand of the river our footprints are erased. In the sand we look for the river: where have you gone?
We live between forgetfulness and memory: this moment is an island fought by incessant time
This friendship poem reflects how this bond is built over time, flowing and reinventing itself through time.
6. Friends who forever left us (Edgar Allan Poe)
Friends who forever left, dear friends forever gone, out of Time and out of Space! For the soul nourished by sorrows, for the weary heart, perhaps
Although he is best known for his novels, Edgar Allan Poe also wrote various poems. In this short example we observe how the author expresses the sadness that overwhelms him when he contemplates how a friend is buried.
7. Friendship throughout (Jaime Gil de Biedma)
The days go by slowly and many times we were alone, but then there are happy moments to let ourselves be in friendship.
Look: it’s us.
A fate deftly drove the hours, and company sprang up. Nights came. To their love, we lit up words, the words that we later abandoned to go up to more: we began to be the companions who know each other above the voice or the sign.
Yes now. Gentle words can rise -those that no longer say things-, float lightly on the air; because we are locked in the world, riddled with accumulated history, and there is the company that we form full, leafy with presences. , distance.
But be quiet. I want to tell you something. I just want to tell you that we are all together. Sometimes, when speaking, someone forgets his arm on mine, and even though I am silent I give thanks, because there is peace in the bodies and in us.
I want to tell you how we brought our lives here, to tell them. Long, we talked with each other in the corner, so many months! That we know each other well, and in memory, joy is equal to sadness. For us, pain is tender.
Oh the time! Everything is understood.
This well-known 20th century poet speaks to us in this poem of the memory and longing for the lost friendship, of what was shared and of what the support of those who are our friends means.
8. Poem 8 (John Burroughs)
He who, when you go, misses you with sadness, He who, on your return, welcomes you with joy, He whose irritation is never noticed.
He who gives sooner than asks, He who is the same today and tomorrow, He who will share your sorrow as well as your joy, That is whom I call a friend.
The one who is always willing to help The one whose advice was always good The one who is not afraid to stand up for you when you are attacked That is who I call a friend.
This text is a fragment of a poem by the naturalist John Burroughs, who establishes different elements of what he considers, perhaps in an idealized way, friendship.
9. Friends (Julio Cortázar)
In tobacco, in coffee, in wine, at the edge of the night they rise up like those voices that sing in the distance without knowing what, along the way.
Lightly, brothers of fate, Dioscuri, pale shadows, the flies of habits frighten me, they hold me afloat amidst so much whirlpool.
The dead speak more but in the ear, and the living are a warm hand and a roof, the sum of what was gained and what was lost.
Thus one day in the boat of the shadow, from so much absence my chest will shelter this ancient tenderness that names them.
This well-known writer expresses in this poem his concept of friendship and the different elements that remind him of his friends from the past.