Thursday, April 05, 2007

A Friend's Greeting

by Edgar A. Guest

I'd like to be the sort of friend that you have been to me;
I'd like to be the help that you've been always glad to be;
I'd like to mean as much to you each minute of the day
As you have meant, old friend of mine, to me along the way.

I'd like to do the big things and the splendid things for you,
To brush the gray from out your skies and leave them only blue;
I'd like to say the kindly things that I so oft have heard,
And feel that I could rouse your soul the way that mine you've stirred.

I'd like to give you back the joy that you have given me,
Yet that were wishing you a need I hope will never be;
I'd like to make you feel as rich as I, who travel on
Undaunted in the darkest hours with you to lean upon.

I'm wishing at this (Christmas) time that I could but repay
A portion of the gladness that you've strewn along my way;
And could I have one wish this year, this only would it be:
I'd like to be the sort of friend that you have been to me.

Read here about the friend who made me think of this poem.


  1. Edgar Guest appears to be the poet of the day. Carmon posted one of his poems also. I like his simplicity.

  2. Well, this just confirms our greatness, Dana, that we both thought of Edgar Guest for today!

    I could use some help brushing the "gray" from out of my hair :-).

  3. Oops, that was me, Anonymous. I could use help brushing the cobwebs from my brain, too!