Friendship is not given but has to be grown
From word seeds full nurtured and carefully mown.
Amongst the fresh growth are the things we call weeds
Which come to our sight with their own special needs.
Some can be removed with the greatest of care
Others appear when friendship becomes bare.

The work of friendship is continued belief
That our word seeds provide a type of relief.
The nurtured space can be a fresh open meadow,
A distance away from any other type of ghetto;
A neat piece of garden carefully manicured
Which with humble vigilance will be procured.

The choice of friendship is one we all make,
None of us are perfect we all make mistakes,
So when word seeds are planted in a fertile ground
The most likely outcome is a friendship profound.
Sadly, choosing the meadow is not in my gift
But hard work in our garden may heal any rift.

It is clear that friendship lingers and remains,
Word seeds planted together will always sustain:
The weeds are forgotten as they carry no scent,
Harsh words replaced by our care not hates vent.
Harvesting friendships is what makes us whole,
Let us care for our garden it is ours to control.


David Scanlon – England – (1963 - )

Scanlon. D (2018) Poetry for Business : Continuing Conversations. The Foolish Poet Press, Wilmslow, England. A FRIENDSHIP GARDEN. Page Number 57.

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