1. A person whom one knows, likes, and trusts.
2. A person whom one knows; an acquaintance.
3. A person with whom one is allied in a struggle or cause; a comrade.
4. One who supports, sympathizes with, or patronizes a group, cause, or movement: friends of the clean air movement.
Now, I'm not one to argue with a published work - but - that sounds incredibly dry and doesn't come anywhere near describing my thoughts and feelings about friendship ....
Who is there when things are bad ?
Who is there when things are sad ?
Who is there when you need a shoulder?
Who is there to say you don't look older??
Who will calm your fears and doubts ?
Who will shield you from the louts ?
Who will tell you that they care ?
Who will give you the truth laid bare ?
Who is there when things are bright ?
Who is there when it all goes right ?
Who is there to laugh and sing ?
Who is there with joy to bring ?
Who will laugh and cry with you ?
Who will mock when you are blue ?
Who will give the shirt off their back ?
Who will give the strength you lack ?
There is only one who has the will
Remind you at times to stop and chill
Steal a place inside your heart
And miss you when you are apart
They're the ones that have a special name
They're never scared to take the blame
They are there till the bitter end
They are the ones that I call FRIEND
That was written back in 2009 - but it does sum up how I feel about friends - and then there's .....
Two Way Street
Friendship is a two way street
That's what makes it so sweet
Toil and laughter, jokes and tears
Whispered secrets, unfounded fears
To have someone that can relate
And take the P when you are late
Laugh and make the day seem swell
Even when you're not feeling well
To take the woes from off your back
Is a talent mere acquaintances lack
You'll know a friend when troubles here
They're the ones that hold you near
They take the time to make the call
Even if you talk about nothing at all
It works both ways and thats a fact
Make you laugh through lack of tact
I thank my friends for caring about me
Give them everything, 100% loyalty
Can you say the same about you
Are you a giver and a taker too?
So, there you have it - my thoughts on friendship!