Put To The Test, Strickland Gillilan Poems

Put To The Test

This friendship poem by Strickland Gillilan reminds us that if we can't be honest and frank with our friends, then they were never true friends to start with. An encouraging poem to read if you are feeling down about a friendship that no longer exists!

Put To The Test
by Strickland Gillilan

The friends you've lost by frankness were a craven sort at best;
They never were the kind you'd want when trouble was your lot.
They were but latent enemies in garb of friendship dressed
The sooner you were shed of them the better, like as not.
So though it hold the bitterness of wormwood mixed with gall,
The friends you lose through frankness aren't your real friends, at all!

The friend who knows you as you are, to whom you never need
To give an explanation for your most eccentric act,
He is the only kind to have a friend in very deed!
The qualities this good friend has, the "friend" you're mourning lacked.
So doff the sable weeds you wear and whistle something gay
The friend you've lost through frankness would have failed you anyway.

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