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 20th June 2016.

©2016 Darren Scanlon. All rights reserved.


7 Comments Add yours

  1. MimeWorder says:

    Loved it , simply intense.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Asper Blurry says:

    Such a deep poem, dark yet full of hope! It’s good to think there are people who will be your true friend, I guess. Then, I’ve never met anyone like that, but if you did, you are lucky 🙂

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    1. They’re out there, somewhere, when you find them, hold onto them.

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  3. Anonymous says:

    So true Darren simply brilliant & touching xxx

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Poli Impelli says:

    Beautifull and so true, so touching, Darren. Thanks so much!


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