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A friend is there whether you need them or not
To see you through the good and bad,
Hold hands, offer hugs, lend kindness,
Or flood your soul with cheer and goodness.

Friends tell you the good things about yourself
and the bad, whether or not you want to hear it.
They share your sorrow and your laughter
And ask the hard questions you’d rather avoid.

I need a friend who makes me be me all the time,
Seeing through my many masks, excuses, and hyperbole
to the warts and all, and still likes what they see
even after days, months, or even years of silence.

A true friend makes people feel good about who they are
and what they are, regardless of ever-changing definitions.
To share the joys and challenges of an entangled life,
footsteps woven on the path shared.