Friends are friends despite –

not “because of” but “despite”.

Because of” friends are easy –

untried by life’s mis­for­tunes …

by bad moods,

and bad days.


Friends “despite” require an effort –

a con­scious act of will,

a bona fide deci­sion …

to sur­vive,

to be tried,

to live through all endeav­ors,

yet still remain …

a friend.