A Message from a Parted Friend

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I was just cleaning out some years-old emails when my eye caught one from a friend who suddenly passed away some time ago. I stopped to open the message and am glad I did:

Friendship
By Dinah Maria Mulock Craik
Oh, the comfort— the inexpressible comfort
of feeling safe with a person,
Having neither to weigh thoughts,
Nor measure words— but pouring them
All right out— just as they are—
Chaff and grain together—
Certain that a faithful hand will
Take and sift them—
Keep what is worth keeping—
And with the breath of kindness
Blow the rest away.

 

May I always be the kind of friend who keeps what is worth keeping, and with the breath of kindness blows away the rest.

With Love,

Russ

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About russtowne

My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 4 young grandsons. I manage a wealth management firm I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of 23 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children. In addition to my family, friends, investing, and writing, my passions include reading, watching classic movies, experiencing waves crashing on rocky shores, hiking in ancient redwood forests, and enjoying our small redwood grove and fern garden.
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6 Responses to A Message from a Parted Friend

  1. ksbeth says:

    that’s beautiful, russ and i have no doubt that you are that kind of friend –

  2. Mrs. P says:

    Russ, this is beautifully expressed. Do you think it would be permissible to share her poem, with credits? It really moved me.

    • russtowne says:

      I agree her poem is indeed beautifully expressed. I’m no trademark lawyer and this isn’t legal advice but my decision was to share her poem with credits for non-commercial purposes on a not-for-profit site (this one.)

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