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.