Friend ship

This gnarled tree sits atop a wind blown cliff
in Carmel, California.
It has survived some pretty harsh conditions
yet it has flourished and stands in majestic beauty.

We humans are pretty much the same.
We get battered about, subjected to one
stress or another. We have our tears and angers.

Yet, through it all, we still manage to shine.
A smile here, a laugh there. Hugs and words
of kindness, comfort and support.

With a little help from our friends, yes,
we rise above and become beautiful.

Thank you, my friend, for helping me rise above.

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