Define ‘friend’ by Rajnish Mishra

Definitions are often inadequate, sometimes misleading;
necessary too. I tried to define “friend”.

I miss you my friend.
To you I never needed to explain
the stupid puzzle I sometimes am.

You knew the streets and alleys of my mind.
You proved it many a time, telling me of many
a secret passage, and many a dream I dared not dream.

There hasn’t been any after you,
none with whom I talked about my darkest,
deepest fears and brightest hopes.

I’ve managed well without you.
I am not alone, and mostly
am not lonely, but sometimes, like this evening,

I feel like I could use a pair of ears, set into a head
that understood what I spoke,
and did not need explanations.

Wistful thinking! You’re gone.
Not dead, just gone.
You changed, I changed; we changed.

“A friend is one who you cannot forget or flush out of mind.
He is as much your part as your past is”.


©2018 Rajnish Mishra


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Rajnish Mishra is a poet, writer, translator and blogger born and brought up in Varanasi, India and now in exile from his city. His work originates at the point of intersection between his psyche and his city. He edits PPP Ezine.




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