A Friend in Need Is a Friend Indeed.

 

A Friend in Need Is a Friend Indeed.

we’ve known each other for many years.
as a good friend of mine,
he’s always too nice to refuse my request,
whenever I ask him
to do something
for me
or with me.

i dropped by his house early this morning
to invite him
for
a walk.

he popped his head out
looking
up.
it was raining hard.

I was well covered
inside an orange raincoat
under
an umbrella.
He stared at me in silence
with
a bizarre look.
as if I were too insane
not
knowing what I was doing

i could easily translate his hidden message
clearly into words:
“are you out of whack, man?
how the hell would expect me going out in this miserable weather?”

ignoring his hesitant mood
i
insisted:
“c’mon. let’s go”.
he didn’t disappoint me.
he jumped out of his house.
we did have a soggy
but joyful walk
together.

he who is the best and most loyal friend of mine
often reminds me
of
one of Mark Twain’s popular quote:
“the more I know about people, the better I like my dog”.

21-10-2017
Thao Chuong Tran Quoc Viet

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