If you're lost and adrift on the river of life, all that you touch turns to trouble and strife, your heart is deep down in the pit of your soul, what once was alive is now an echoing hole. If you're feeling that you can no longer go on, that it matters not where the warming sun shone, all the moments in life have raced off and away, leaving you in the wake of such dark dreary days. If it feels like your heart has been torn from your chest, and the love that was there could not conquer the quest, that the giver has taken more than ever they lent, and they left you in tears on the day that they went. When a door to your life was closed beyond question and the feeling of loss is just too hard to mention, as you fall to your knees and collapse from within, the fight has now left you, your mind starts to spin. But there is hope left alive, you must never despair, there's a lifeline to grasp from the people out there who love you regardless and care beyond measure, who put your well-being before their own pleasure. They are always on hand and are constantly here, they will help you to face all the things that you fear. They will take on board all the things that you say and they'll hold you close on your darkest days. A true one will ask you for naught but your smile, no payment is due, rest your woes for a while. A good one is with you through thick and through thin, even when you don't know just where to begin. They will listen, support and help you to heal, they will help you no matter how bad they may feel. When your life seems darkest and you can't see the end, you can always rely on a true honest friend. They will do what they can, they will never think twice, they will hold you together when you're throwing lifes dice. They will never back down; stand tall to the task, a true one will know, you will not need to ask. * Written by Darren Scanlon, February 2014. Revised by Darren Scanlon, 20th June 2016. ©2016 Darren Scanlon. All rights reserved.