Thursday 12 January 2017


For Rusty...

Most school friendships cannot withstand
the passing of years, of futures unplanned:
don't reach the place where fate begins
for two like us who've shared a space
and formed a bond time cannot displace -
we're closer, I feel, than most twins.

In fact, we're connected. Absolute.
My husband thinks it's all rather cute:
all these years spent living apart
from each other, but not in memory or thought,
and it was you in all honesty who mostly taught
me to confidently open my heart.

Ours is a bond that pays huge dividends:
it catches all of life's loose ends
and weaves them into a work of art,
a thing of beauty that brings new meaning
to otherwise arbitrary occurrences demeaning
and impels me to make a new start.

How many have pondered the meaning of life
when beset by years of unconquerable strife?
Well I'm no different from any of those -
I throw my tantrums while lamenting why me?
But is it that question that sets me free?
No, it's the empathy that between us flows.

The most exciting loves can be artifice
that keep us dangling between fire and ice
and combines incongruous
elements like dirty socks and chocolates
in boxes tied with ribbons, and illicit associates.
But in you I trust - you could never be that treacherous.

Yet sometimes our own lives become so all-absorbing
that for months on end we neglect calling.
We're immersed in the mundane
until a glut of disenchantment
overwhelms us with resentment
until we seek once more friendship's domain.

That choice between loneliness and baring one's Soul
often leads the faint-hearted to a safer goal.
But not so for us
because right from the start
we felt lost when apart
and there's no subject we cannot discuss.

Whatever happens we're there for each other -
yet ours is a closeness that will never smother
either's individuality:
rooted in counties many miles apart,
yet the contradiction (for we remain heart-to-heart)
forms the basis of our solidarity.


  1. Boa tarde, por vezes as circunstancias causa a diferença de vida que não impeditiva de o amor ser vivido com intensidade, escreveu muito bem.

  2. Oh absolutely!
    True friendship is everlasting, isn't it?!
    Many thanks, Antonio.

    A Hug :))

  3. This is very deep and touching, Ygraine. Thank you so much for sharing your amazing talent.

    1. Oh thank you, much!
      I really appreciate that.:))

      Big Hugs xoxoxo

  4. Wonderful and so true. So many memories ignited in the words.

    1. Many thanks, Anthony!
      Wish I could have made a better job of this one though...try as I might, I just couldn't seem to get it to rhyme the way I wanted...:/
      (Hope Rusty doesn't read it!! LOL)

  5. My favorite topic this time dear friend!
    loved each bit of it .
    my school friends are still in touch and it is undefinable pleasure !

    1. Oh I am so happy you liked is really nice to stay in touch with childhood friends, isn't it?!
      Thank you so much, my dear friend!:))

      Big Hugs!!

  6. Very deep! Very meaningful!!! Priceless! Your words speak the truth! Big Hugs and Much Love!

    1. Oh Sweetie, thank you so, so much!

      Lots of Love & Hugs xoxoxo

  7. Dearest Ygraine...this really tugged at my heart strings. My very best friend from childhood on, passed away not so long ago and mere words cannot express how much miss her.
    You are so talented my friend and I have not the words to nor talent to say this any better~

    Much Love & Hugs

    1. Dearest Jan...I'm sure you overestimate my talent...but thank you so, so much for your kind and encouraging words anyway. They truly mean the world to me.:))

      All my Love & Hugs xoxoxo

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    1. So true, Gloria!
      Many thanks, my dear Friend...:))

      Much Love & Hugs xoxoxo

  9. our softer voices
    we steep within life's din
    this tea of care

    1. Oh...such a poignant I wish I had your talent with words, Doug...would make my self-expression so much easier!
      Thank you so much...:))

  10. What a treasure that kind of friendship is, how lucky you are.😂 A beautiful tribute to that special bond.

  11. What a treasure that kind of friendship is, how lucky you are.😂 A beautiful tribute to that special bond.

    1. Absolutely!
      I am indeed incredibly lucky to have a friend like Rusty.
      Thank you so much, Geraldine...and for your precious friendship too...:))

      Big Hugs xoxoxo


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