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When Best Friends Love (Best Bud Challenge)

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Member Rara Avis
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0 posted 10-19-1999 02:12 AM       View Profile for Ron   Email Ron   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Ron's Home Page   View IP for Ron

You entered my life like a gentle sigh,
like a quiet breeze blowing softly through the leaves.
You were a stranger first, one who laughed freely and easily,
who spoke of minor intimacies and common grounds,
who made me feel strangely liked and valued.
You became my friend, no longer a stranger,
trusting me with secrets hidden,
confiding what you liked and hated.
We talked and laughed and, as time passed by,
I grew more and more dependent upon your smile.

From strangers to friends was just a baby step,
a step a thousand others take every day.
Without your trust and trusting ways,
without your smiles and encouraging gaze,
I would never have taken the step beyond.
But the gentle breeze blowing through the leaves
is relentless and never ending.
We became closer friends, and closer still,
until much of my life was centered around the times
we spent together.

We traveled far along the path of friendship,
avoiding the bumps somehow, never stumbling,
always in step with one another.
You were my guide, my eyes and ears,
the unfailing light that lit the road before us.
Hand in hand, shoulder to shoulder,
you brought me along our course,
to a destination I had never seen before.
You became my best friend along that journey,
the anchor in my life where none had ever been.

You did a good job of guiding our steps,
a job no other could ever do,
and it wasn't your fault, really, when I stumbled.
Somewhere along our path,
perhaps where the heights were making me dizzy with joy,
I simply lost my balance and fell.
By the grace of God, I fell not to either side, nor to the rear,
but fell instead forward, along the path we'd tread.
My plunge forward was unguided, and my steps were steps you never intended.
I fell in love with you.

From strangers, to friends, to close friends, to best friends.
And beyond.
I've never been sorry for any step we've taken together,
no, not even for the fall I took alone.
I never knew, before knowing you, how empty my life had been.
I thought I was happy. I thought I was successful.
I thought I had known love and all that love can bring.
But the gentle breeze, blowing softly through the leaves,
carries the smell of wild flowers and still wilder beasts,
and what you brought into my life can never be assessed.

We are so very different, you and I. And yet so much the same.
And our differences merge with our similarities,
giving rise to something special and unique.
We talk.
Of all the things I value about this thing that is us,
and there are so many I often lose count,
I value most the way we talk about any thing any time any where.
And each time I listen to you, each time I ponder what you've said,
I learn something new. About you. About me. About the world.
I've learned to trust in your instincts.

I love the vitality and zest that is so much a part of you.
I never would have believed the breeze, blowing softly through the leaves,
could be so filled with life.
I treasure that spark of spirit in you,
that flashing flare of fire that animates all that you do.
It's easy to see how much you love life,
even when life is sometimes less than lovable,
and that love is always mirrored in your eyes and smile.
You are never more beautiful than when that spark ignites
and your vitality blazes in your happy face.

And, yes, I love your beauty, shallow as that may sound.
I love the way your eyes change from blue to blue-green,
the way the morning sun catches afire in your hair,
the way your nostrils move when you breathe deep breaths,
the way your tongue slips out of its safe harbor when you think deep thoughts.
I love the curve of your cheek,
that soft milky canvas for the faint scar you won't talk about.
I love your tiny eyelashes, the small gaps in your teeth,
the way your earlobes hang lower than mine.
Your beauty truly takes my breath away.

I love the way you trust in me, never quite whole hearted,
but always just enough.
That trust started as a small seed, I think,
a tentative whisper of unearned confidence,
often shrouded by a cloak of hesitation and unsurety.
I could always tell when you faltered,
when the steps we took were uncertain and questioned.
And yet still you trusted me,
with your secrets, with your feelings, with yourself.
You'll never know how much that trust has meant to me.

I love the way you understand me too well.
It's uncanny sometimes how well you know my thoughts, my feelings, my moods,
frightening at times how closely our lives have become interlinked.
You know so much of me, secrets I've never told,
thoughts I've never shared, parts of me I've never seen myself.
You've discovered a window into my being,
a window I didn't know was there,
a window no one else has ever found.
It's almost as if our two souls have merged into one,
almost as if the hand of God has repaired that which once was broken.

I love the way we have fun doing the strangest things,
or the way we can enjoy each other doing nothing at all.
We shop and walk, eat and talk,
playing games apart and united.
We study and drill, work and play,
listening to music and singing the words together.
We have fun with each other,
frolicking in our shared pleasures,
you enjoying the thrill of life,
me just enjoying you.

I'm not blinded by my love, though, and know you are not perfect.
You are impatient and easy to anger,
too intolerant when you should tolerate,
too forgiving when you shouldn't forgive.
You allow the stresses of life to mold your day,
allow the commitments of life to shape your way.
I know your imperfections as well as your perfections,
know your faults as well as your assets.
And I find I love you not in spite of those,
but as much because of them as anything else.

Your life has touched mine.
My friendship with you, my love for you,
all that you are and aren't,
have changed my life in ways you cannot fathom,
in ways I could never describe in depth.
The gentle breeze, blowing softly through the leaves,
has worked her wondrous magic,
transforming the one she touched.
I'm not the same man I was a year ago.
I will never be that man again.

The communication we've shared has taught me to value our honest openness,
and I know I'll never be satisfied again with less.
Your trust in me has taught me to trust in you,
knowing you will never intentionally cause me pain.
Your spark of vitality has transformed the way I see life,
giving me reason again to live and cause to celebrate.
Your beauty, both inner and outer, has renewed the wonder
with which I see the world, and has restored my sense of awe.
Even the fun we share, that senseless sense of joy,
has changed the way I live and think.

As much as you've altered my present, though,
the effect you've had on my future is just as great.
I once thought I knew what love meant to me,
once thought I had experienced all that life had to offer.
I lived and I loved, and I hurt and I grew,
and I believed I could never love again,
could never willingly face the pain of caring.
Love was a myth, I thought, and true love, lasting love,
was just a lie told by poets.
But I was wrong.

In learning to love you, I discovered I've never loved before.
Not truly. Not entirely. Not eternally.
I've spent much of my life in love with love,
searching for the fulfillment of a concept,
caring more for caring than caring for another person.
I confused lust with love, intimacy with affection.
And when those feelings waned, when the relationships died,
I wondered why I felt so empty. So hurt.
You changed that, as you've changed so much else.
You taught me how to love.

I wish you knew the me of before,
as you know so well the me of today,
so you could see the difference knowing you has made.
You've changed my life in so many ways,
in ways small and ways important,
in ways you'll never know nor understand.
The impact you've had on me,
on the way I feel and think and act,
will endure forever. Until the end of time.
Like a quiet breeze blowing softly through the leaves.
© Copyright 1999 Ron Carnell - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 10-19-1999 02:36 AM       View Profile for Systematic Decay   Email Systematic Decay   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Systematic Decay

Thank you Ron, for that epic poem...

very nice though.

"Despite all my rage, I am still just a rat in a cage."
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2 posted 10-19-1999 06:38 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

This is simply beautiful, Ron... each verse could be a poem in its own right. *S* Two lines found special favor... they described my feelings so well.. " I grew more and more dependent on your smile" and "I never knew, before knowing you, how empty my life had been." For ME to say well done to YOU is sort of like the mouse telling the king the country is running smoothly... but well done! *G*
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3 posted 10-19-1999 06:49 AM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Ron: I'm in agreement with Suthern...the poem conjures up a vision of two happy, smiling people .


You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.

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4 posted 10-19-1999 07:09 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

This has always been one of my favorites of your poetry - and it's not even a structured work - but then neither is the love between best friends...

The breeze does, indeed, blow softly through the leaves...

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5 posted 10-19-1999 07:59 AM       View Profile for Kitty**   Email Kitty**   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Kitty**'s Home Page   View IP for Kitty**

Ron, there is no way I can tell you what this poem meant to me! You have said what I could never say in a million years! Thank you for this!..It's beautiful!! I will keep this one!!

Be a all that you can be..
Never fight your destiny..

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6 posted 10-19-1999 08:26 AM       View Profile for Watcher666   Email Watcher666   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Watcher666's Home Page   View IP for Watcher666

Absolutely Fabulous!

Illusion...what we see and what we's all up to you.
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7 posted 10-19-1999 09:03 AM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

You do have to post more often Ron, this was absolutely beautiful, thanks for sharing it
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8 posted 10-19-1999 09:55 AM       View Profile for Munda   Email Munda   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Munda's Home Page   View IP for Munda

Thanks for sharing this, Ron. It is absolutely beautiful !
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9 posted 10-19-1999 10:05 AM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Lovely.... Can there be a better love poem? I don't think so. This is an open honest portrayal of true love - it is simply magnificient. Thank you for sharing this with us. I think she is very lucky to have you!.
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10 posted 10-19-1999 10:15 AM       View Profile for Pepper   Email Pepper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pepper

Beautiful indeed Ron.


May your days be filled with lots of sunshine and your nights lit up by golden moonbeams
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11 posted 10-19-1999 10:47 AM       View Profile for Iloveit   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Iloveit

well I know suthern loves my dittos, and I hope PVD doesn't mind if I ditto her lol, cause she said it perfectly, I have never read a better love poem, WOW.....makes me sigh with wonder
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12 posted 10-19-1999 10:49 AM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

And since everyone else had praised you, (well deserved,) I am going to comment on you never doing things half-way!
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13 posted 10-19-1999 09:08 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

I always enjoyed the part in mythology where Zeus would throw down a lightning bolt just to let people know he was around. Even though I'm sure there is not a pretentious bone in your body......nice lightning bolt, Ron.
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14 posted 10-19-1999 09:28 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Wow! This is beautiful! I really enjoyed the sentiments and the truth in this. This is how every relationship should be!

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15 posted 10-19-1999 09:50 PM       View Profile for A Romantic Heart   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for A Romantic Heart

Ron...Do you have anymore words left in your heart! wow, I have felt this love before, falling in love with a friend.

Wonderful, beautiful poem!
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16 posted 10-19-1999 10:59 PM       View Profile for IsabelleSkye   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for IsabelleSkye

Ron~ I'll try to write this through the tears that roll down my face. I can't believe how incredibly beautiful this poem is. It is a truly magnificent piece of work. The passion and trust behind this poem is amazing. To feel like this is such a rare thing, a gift of God for sure. Wow! I will be thinking of this for days!
Much Love, I.Skye

"With love's light wings did I o'er-perch these walls; for stony limits cannot hold love out; and what love can do that dares love attempt." Romeo & Juliet Act II
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17 posted 10-19-1999 11:50 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

I loved how the breeze through the leaves traveled with you through this poem. You have a remarkable love story. Thankyou for sharing it.
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18 posted 10-19-1999 11:54 PM       View Profile for Andrew Scott   Email Andrew Scott   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Andrew Scott

Ron: There is no adequate means to describe the beauty I found within these words. I must simply say thank you for sharing and shake my head in wonder.
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19 posted 10-20-1999 07:51 AM       View Profile for Dark Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dark Angel

Wow Ron, this is absolutley beautiful, I loved the way.... the gentle breeze blowing through the leaves flowed through the poem. BEAUTIFUL!!!

What comes from the heart goes to the heart.
Samuel Coleridge

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20 posted 10-20-1999 03:40 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Wow Ron I'm in awe at these words! How very deeply touching! I'm left in awe with that the only thing that's coming to mind right now is just WOW!! Thank you for sharing that!
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21 posted 10-20-1999 04:11 PM       View Profile for Ron   Email Ron   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Ron's Home Page   View IP for Ron

Wow, a guy goes to sleep for a few hours and comes back to find this? I'm overwhelmed and a bit stunned. I don't often find the time to thank everyone for their comments, but there are certainly several here than require a response (inadequate as it might be).

Yes, Systematic, it is a bit long - but as Christopher suggested, one should never do anything in half measure. Thanks to you both!

suthern, I'm glad you enjoyed it and even found a few phrases especially nice. But you ain't no mouse and I ain't no king - so thanks.

Rainbow, I like your vision - 'cause Angela and I did have some very, very happy times together.

Nan, it sounds like you're the only one who's seen this before; glad you like it (but it is structured, just not metrically so ).

Kitty, Watcher, hoot, Munda - thanks for your kind words.

PdV, thanks - and we are all lucky when we find good friends.

Balladeer, you always come up with an original way to say something nice (but I assure you, the only lightning I've ever touched is the kind that comes in a Mason jar).

Izzy, coming from someone who writes free verse as beautifully as do you, that is a serious compliment. Thank you!

Denise, Romantic, Martie, Andrew, WhtDove - I appreciate your sentiments. And I'm glad the unifying phrase came through meaningfully for you.

Did I miss anyone? If so, my general thanks to everyone who read this massive missive and didn't think it sucked.
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22 posted 07-17-2000 11:33 AM       View Profile for Justbleu   Email Justbleu   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Justbleu's Home Page   View IP for Justbleu

I'm digging around the archives looking for lost treasures....this is very much said in such mere words!!  You are a talent to find the words to describe your is a major struggle for me!!!
Thank You sooo much for sharing this piece!!
Loved it!!

"Somewhere, somehow, it should be possible to touch someone and never let go again. To hold someone, not for a moment but forever." Unknown
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23 posted 09-26-2001 11:47 AM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Rom--Me too, just digging around, and again finding much to enjoy.
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24 posted 09-27-2001 01:57 AM       View Profile for Temptress   Email Temptress   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Temptress

WOW!   This just goes to show I spent too much time in Adult when these forums first opened, and I missed wonderful work like this. Ron, this is superb in its message. It really is! I'm bookmarking it so I can send it to a wonderful friend of mine later.  

Sometimes the heart needs the solace of solitude and silence.

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