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A song about a friend

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Master
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0 posted 02-07-2000 12:16 AM       View Profile for Master   Email Master   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Master's Home Page   View IP for Master

* And yet, I've translated another poem/song. This time it's from V. Vysotsky, a famous Russian bard.

If your friend just became a man,
Not a friend not a foe, just so,
When you cannot tell from the start,
If the guy is strong in his heart, --
To the peaks take this man -- donít fret!
Do not leave him alone in awe,
Let him share the same view with you--
Then youíll know if heís true.

If the guy on the peak got weak,
If he lost all his care -- got scared,
Took a step on the frost -- got lost,
If he screamed in exhaust, ó
Then the one you held close is false,
Do not try to protectó reject,--
We canít take those aboard, and in short
We donít sing of his sort.

If the guy didnít whine nor pine,
He was dull and upset, but went,
And when you sliped from the cliff,
He heaved, holding you in his grip;
If he walked right along, seemed strong,
On the top stood like he belonged,--
In that case, you, as on yourself,
Can rely on his help!



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Master
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1 posted 02-07-2000 03:49 PM       View Profile for Master   Email Master   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Master's Home Page   View IP for Master

One of the ways to test a true friend is to put him in a very difficult situation and see how he responds, that's what the poem is about.
Danny Holloway
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2 posted 02-19-2000 11:01 AM       View Profile for Danny Holloway   Email Danny Holloway   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Danny Holloway

Certainly a good way to test a friend.  But I think that true friends don't need to be tested.  It's a knowing that goes beyond having to say or do. It almost goes to spiritual.
Anyway, interesting poem to read.
DH
 
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