Sunday, September 20, 2009

Side By Side


This week's meme is a full quotation from Albert Camus.

"Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend."

My words in blue are taken from this quote.


Don't walk behind; I may not lead.
I may not constantly succeed!
I'm not your brilliant shining star!
Don't follow after from afar!
Don't parrot all my conversations,
Or head for all my destinations!
Pedestals can be so daunting,
And there's nothing that I'm flaunting.
Admiration? Adoration?
Both are great in moderation.
But notice that I've feet of clay!
And then present your sweet bouquet!
Don't walk in front; I may not follow.
Your protestations will be hollow!
Not everything you say is right!
And some remarks are tinged with spite!
As we trudge along the track
I'm constantly looking at your back!
I agree that you're quite clever
But do you listen to me? Never!
'Do it my way!' that's your phrase.
You never think of giving praise!
How can you declare you love me
When you think so little of me?
Just walk beside me, be my friend;
Both must support and both must bend.
You have your strengths, I have mine.
Let us, in friendship, both combine.
Sometimes I will lead the way,
Knowing what to do and say.
Sometimes I'll be taking heed
Of your strength and desire to lead.
Equal partners? That's ideal,
But perfection is unreal.
Let us aim to do our best
And let affection do the rest.

A barrier to friendship here:


Gemma Wiseman said...

Balance of strengths is the key to friendship! Nicely excplored!

keiths ramblings said...

I love the way you've made the most of each line of the prompt. A delightful piece.

anthonynorth said...

There's an important message in this.

gautami tripathy said...

You did well in each stanza. Like your take.

glaring nightmare

Andy Sewina said...


George S Batty said...

"both must support and both must bend"
words of wisdom,
nice writing