60 Friendship Poems

A collection of short friendship poems to share with your friends. These short poems are great to share with people with whom you have a closeness and affection. Friendship is a blessing and we hope you find reflections of this in the poetry we feature.

The relationship we have with our friends is a unique one; with our friends, we share excitement, trust, forgiveness, and joy. We experience happy times and unhappy times. But the one thing that is consistent with a friend is no matter what the situation they are there for you.

Over the years we have collected short poetry and many of our friends have given us great ones and in some cases written poems for us.

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Collection of Friendship Poems

1. Best Friend Poems 2. Faithful Friends
3. Thank You Friend 4. Verses About Friendship
5. Thinking Of You Poems 6. Friends Are Blessings
7. True Friendship Poems 8. Famous Friendship Poems
9. Welcome Friends 10. Be Appreciative
11. Inspirational Friendship Poems 12. New Friends and Old Friends
13. We Love But A Few


Popular Poems About Friends & Friendships:

  1. Attend To Thine Alone
    Poet: J. J. Thorne

    Life defiled, name debauched,
    Peace bids you long adieu:
    When you concern yourself in other business,
    That does not concern you,

    Meddling makes foes and enemies,
    And friends but very few;
    It is well to let that alone,
    That does not bother you.

    To accomplish well life's perfection,
    We must the line of wisdom hew;
    Measure the sill with the rule of honor,
    It is the square fur me and you.

    An honorable man with ways pervert,
    The world never knew;
    If you mingle with bad companions.
    They will bring on trouble to you.

    The world was made through love and mercy,
    Each and everything we view;
    If we give God the praise of all.
    It will moralize me and you.

    God blesses and cares for all,
    He gives us duty and work to do;
    Dictated by the star of truth,
    The conscience of me and you.

    Prudence accomplishes many things,
    Honesty makes us brave and true;
    Precision will eventually make you friends
    That now are foes to you.



  2. Old Friendship Street
    by Theodosia Garrison

    Love led me to an unknown land and fain was I to go;
    From peak to peak a weary way he lures me to and fro;
    On narrow ledge and dizzy height he dares my wayworn feet
    I would that I were back again to walk Old Friendship Street.

    It's there one knew the level road, the even grass-grown way;
    My brain grew never wildered there, my feet might never stray;
    But here I quarrel for the path with every soul I meet -
    I would that I were back again to walk Old Friendship Street.

    It's here I find no gracious hand to close within my own,
    But there one never raised a song to find he sang alone;
    And always at a neighbour's hearth were kindly glass and seat
    I would that I were back again to walk Old Friendship Street.

    I'm sick of awful depths and heights, I'm sick of storm and strife;
    I'll let love lead for bolder folk and take my ease in life.
    I know whose voice will hail me first, whose welcoming be sweet
    It's I am going back again to walk Old Friendship Street.



  3. It Would Be Better
    Poet: Eben E. Rexford

    Oh, my friend, it would be better
    If to those we love, we gave
    Tender words while they were with us
    Than to say them o'er a grave!

    Many a heart is hungry, starving,
    For a little word of love;
    Speak it then, and as the sunshine
    Gilds the lofty peaks above,

    So the joy of those who hear it
    Sends its radiance down life's way,
    And the world is brighter, better,
    For the loving words we say.

    Loving words will cost but little,
    As along through life we go;
    Let us, then, make others happy, —
    If you love them, tell them so.



  4. Fountain of Friendship
    Poet: Hall L. Calhoun

    Just a word of kindly greeting;
    Just a thought of other's care;
    Just a word of love repeating;
    How it lifts the load that's there!

    Just to know another's thinking;
    Just to feel another's there;
    Just to hope another's drinking;
    At the fountain of friendship fair.

    This it is that sets us feeling;
    This it is that cheers the soul;
    This it is that comes revealing,
    What is friendship's real goal.

    Let me then a kind word speak;
    Let me cheer another's heart;
    Let me joy for others seek
    As in life I take my part.



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  6. Faults Of Others
    Poet:  Daniel C. Colesworthy

    What are another's faults to me?
    I've not a vulture's bill,
    To pick at every flaw I see,
    And make it wider still.

    It is enough for me to know
    I've follies of my own;
    And on my heart the care bestow,
    And let my friends alone.



  7. Friends
    Poet: Unknown

    Never lose an old friend
    No matter what the cause.
    We wouldn't ever do it
    If we didn't look for flaws.

    The one thing worth while having
    Is a friend that's stood the test.
    And who has one friend such as this
    Knows friendship at its best.



  8. Friendship
    Poet: Leonora Milliken Boss

    We often meet in walks of life.
    Those who are strange of face;
    But they oftimes in passing,
    Have left the faintest trace

    Of something we can hardly name,
    But, still, must own it's there;
    A something that in passing,
    Has left our lives more fair.

    And may there not, in meeting here,
    Within this forest grand,
    A friendship been cemented,
    A friendship that will stand.

    We meet, we part, we know not how,
    Or when again we'll meet.
    But there is, in forest friendship,
    A something rare and sweet.

    And may it be in after years,
    These days you'll each recall,
    And linger then with fondness
    On the crowning scene of all.

    The forest; with its stately trees,
    So large and straight and grand,
    A monument to friendship,
    For in unity they stand.

    Not a chord that is not vibrant
    With harmony supreme;
    Take them ever for your guidance.
    Then you'll know what friendship means.



  9. A Life Treasure, A Friend
    Poet: Catherine Pulsifer, © 2020

    A life treasure to me
    Is my old friend indeed
    They have been around
    While others have gone underground.

    That old friend is dependable
    There is no one comparable
    Through good times and bad
    During the happy and the sad.

    Memories that will be with me
    Of old friends and being happy
    Cherished times we have shared
    Always with love and care.

    But we should not forget
    Nor should we regret
    Making new friends also
    Start by saying hello.

    As new friends become old friends
    With time passing by, one tends
    To realize that new or old
    Friends are truly gold!



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  11. Loves You No Matter What
    Poet: Catherine Pulsifer, © 2020

    Who is that friend that loves you, no matters what
    They would run through the mud, jump over a hut
    Just to be with you
    They love you, no matter what you do.

    They say they are man's best friend
    They will stand by your side to the end
    They are always loyal and will protect you so
    Doesn't matter if you are fast or slow.

    So by now, you have figured out
    And you may want to shout
    A dog is man's best friend,
    One who will stand with us to the end!



  12. Around Your Heart
    Poet: Greta Zwaan, ©2018

    Friendship curls around your heart and joy replaces gloom,
    It gives your life a sense of peace and calm.
    It soothes the troubled mind where anxiety has ruled,
    It comforts like a soothing, healing balm.

    The curtain of despair that has threatened to devour
    The very peace you tried so hard to find,
    That has put your life on pause and subjected you to pain,
    And has claimed each corner of your troubled mind.

    Seems less painful when it’s shared with a friend who knows your heart,
    On whose shoulder you can shed your many tears.
    Who will never reprimand and repeat what you have said,
    Who will help to heal your hurts and deepest fears.



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  14. Love Us Best
    Poet: C. C. Hassler

    We may breast the waves of sorrow
    That sometimes run mountain high,
    See the hopes, we fondly cherish
    Droop, and wither, fade and die
    We may yearn for love and sympathy
    To cheer us, as we go.
    With weary footsteps over
    Paths where thorns and roses grow,
    But there's always this assurance
    Soothes an aching, tired breast.
    Friends that God has chosen for us,
    Always seem to love us best.

    'Tis the little cares and worries.
    That in life go hand in hand,
    And the little slights and troubles
    That are hardest to withstand.
    But the little streams of pleasure,
    Dancing onward to the sea,
    Make the life of all worth living
    Even in adversity,
    For the friendly hands that often
    In our own are fondly pressed,
    Made us sure that of all others,
    They're the ones that love us best.

    'Tis the little deeds of kindness
    That we show to others here,
    That shall bear the richest fruitage
    When the harvest shall appear.
    For the gentle word of sympathy
    That cheers us on the way.
    Makes the path thro' life seem brighter.
    Helps to drive the clouds away.
    And when life's bright rays are fading,
    Like the sunset in the west,
    Friends we meet in birthday greetings,
    Always seem to love us best.



  15. Thank You My Friend
    Poet: Catherine Pulsifer, © 2020

    I don't say it often enough
    Maybe because I think I'm tough
    But this thank you is long overdue
    You are a great friend and I appreciate you!

    We have had some wonderful times
    Times I wouldn't trade for a million dimes
    And then there have been times that are challenging too
    But I could always depend on you.

    So, my friend, I just want to say
    Thank you, in every way
    For being my friend each and every day
    You are the best, you're more than okay!



  16. Welcome My Friend
    Poet: Unknown

    The world is filled
    With all too few
    Wonderful people
    Like YOU!

    My door is always open
    You are always welcome here
    Our friendship is golden
    You, my friend, are so dear!



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  18. The Heart Of Friendship
    Poet: Unknown

    Here's to the heart of friendship, tried and true,
    That laughs with us when joys our pathway strew;
    And kneels with us when sorrow, like a pall.
    Enshrouds our stricken souls; then smiles through all
    The midnight gloom with more than human faith.
    Here's to the love that seeks not self, and hath
    No censure for our frailty, but doth woo.
    By gentle arts, our spirits back into
    The way of truth; then sheds upon our lives
    A radiance that all things else survives.



  19. Upon The Sand
    By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    All love that has not friendship for its base,
    Is like a mansion built upon the sand.
    Though brave its walls as any in the land,
    And its tall turrets lift their heads in grace;
    Though skillful and accomplished artists trace
    Most beautiful designs on every hand,
    And gleaming statues in dim niches stand,
    And fountains play in some flow'r-hidden place,
    Yet, when from the frowning east a sudden gust
    Of adverse fate is blown, or sad rains fall
    Day in, day out, against its yielding wall,
    Lo ! the fair structure crumbles to the dust.
    Love, to endure life's sorrow and earth's woe,
    Needs friendship's solid mason-work below.



  20. How Blessed I Am
    Poet: Catherine Pulsifer, © 2020

    Don't think a day goes by
    When I stop and realize
    How blessed I am
    To have a friend like you

    I appreciate your kindness
    Your listening ear
    When I tell you of my fears
    You listen, you hear.

    Appreciation for another
    Especially like you, no other
    Thanks my friend for always being there
    Appreciation I do share!



  21. I went out to find a friend But could not find one there; I went out to be a friend, And friends were everywhere!


  22. Friends
    by S. E. Kiser

    Not he that counts my errors;
    Not he that holds me back
    With doubting words to show me
    Wherein and how I lack;
    Not he that sees my failings;
    And, seeing them, is free
    To take my measure by them —
    He's not the friend for me.

    But he that learns my virtues,
    Who takes me at my best;
    Who notes my greater failings
    And overlooks the rest;
    Who, after I have striven
    And have not failed, is free
    With words of commendation —
    He is the friend for me.

    He that forever warns me
    Of dangers in my way.
    Who doubts my strength to meet them
    And ever bids me stay,
    May truly seek to shield me.
    May wish me well, but he
    Whose faith is inspiration —
    He is the friend for me.



  23. Worthy Of My Friends
    by Frank Dempster Sherman

    It is my joy in life to find
    At every turning of the road,
    The strong arm of a comrade kind
    To help me onward with my load:
    And since I have no gold to give,
    And love alone must make amends,
    My only prayer is, while I live, —
    God make me worthy of my friends!



  24. Thy Friendship
    Poet: Eloise A. Skimings

    Thy friendship like magic is nectar to me,
    Distilled from the fountains of love;
    May thy life a garden of beauty be.
    In the beautiful land above.



  25. God Bless Thee Friend
    Poet: Eloise A. Skimings

    'Tis sweet to feel friendship's warm glow,
    When sorrow's tears from sad eyes flow;
    When hearts with wounds are pierced by care
    God bless thee friend, my earnest prayer.



  26. Best A Friend Can Be
    Poet: Lucy Larcom

    What is the best a friend can be
    To any soul, to you or me?
    Not only shelter, comfort, rest -
    Inmost refreshment unexpressed;
    Not only a beloved guide
    To thread life's labyrinth at our side,
    Or with love's torch lead on before;
    Though these be much, there yet is more.

    The best friend is an atmosphere
    Warm with all inspirations dear,
    Wherein we breathe the large, free breath
    Of life that hath no taint of death.
    Our friend is an unconscious part
    Of every true beat of our heart;
    A strength, a growth, whence we derive
    God's health that keeps the world alive.



  27. If, instead of a gem, or even a flower, we could cast the gift of a lovely thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give.


  28. Do Not Keep
    by Author Unknown

    Do not keep the alabaster boxes of your love and
    Tenderness sealed up until your friends are gone.
    Fill their lives with sweetness.

    Speak approving, cheering words while their ears can hear them,
    And while their hearts can be thrilled and made happier by them.
    The kind things you meant to say when they are gone,
    Say before they go.

    Send flowers to brighten and sweeten their homes
    Before they leave them.

    If my friends have alabaster boxes laid away,
    Full of fragrant perfumes of sympathy and affection,
    I would rather they would bring them out
    In my weary and troubled hours, and open them,
    That I may be refreshed and cheered while I need them.



  29. Friendship
    by Author Unknown

    Friendship needs no studied phrases,
    Polished face, or winning wiles;
    Friendship deals no lavish praises,
    Friendship dons no surface smiles.

    Friendship follows Nature's diction,
    Shuns the blandishments of Art,
    Boldly severs truth from fiction,
    Speaks the language of the heart.

    Friendship favors no condition,
    Scorns a narrow-minded creed,
    Lovingly fulfils its mission,
    Be it word or be it deed.

    Friendship cheers the faint and weary,
    Makes the timid spirit brave,
    Warns the erring, lights the dreary,
    Smooths the passage to the grave.

    Friendship pure, unselfish friendship,
    All through life's allotted span,
    Nurtures, strengthens, widens, lengthens
    Man's affinity with man.



  30. Each Other
    Poet: Unknown

    If we knew each other better,
    You and I and all the rest,
    Seeing down beneath the surface
    To the sorrows all unguessed,
    We would quit our cold complaining
    And a hand of trust extend,
    If we knew each other better.
    We would count each one a friend.



  31. Living Friendly
    Poet: Unknown

    Life without the friendly greetin'
    Of the folks I know so well,
    Would be a lonely kind o' life,
    Just an empty sort o' shell;
    About all that I'm askin'
    At the closin' of the day,
    Is a chance to do my livin'
    In a friendly sort o' way.



  32. Behold A Friend
    Poet: Unknown

    God never loved me in so sweet a way before,
    ’Tis He alone who can such blessings send,
    And when His love would new expressions find,
    He brought thee to me, and He said,
    "Behold a friend."



  33. The Aged Friend
    Poet: Browning

    For life, with all its yields of joy and woe
    And hope and fear - believe the aged friend -
    Is just our chance o’ the prize of learning love;
    How love might be, hath been indeed, and is;
    And that we hold henceforth to the uttermost
    Such prize despite the envy of the world.
    And having gained truth, keep truth, that is all.



  34. Hearts Thrive
    Poet: J. G. Holland

    Hearts only thrive on varied good;
    And he who gathers from a host
    Of friendly hearts his daily food;
    Is the best friend that we can boast.



  35. A Friend
    Poet: W . S. Landor

    In the hour of distress and misery the eye of
    every mortal turns to friendship;
    in the hour of gladness and conviviality,
    what is your want? It is friendship.
    When the heart overflows with gratitude,
    or with any other sweet and sacred sentiment,
    what is the word to which it would give utterance?
    A friend.



  36. A Real Friend
    by Pilpay

    Honest men esteem and value nothing so much
    in this world as a real friend.
    Such a one is as it were another self,
    to whom we impart our most secret thoughts,
    who partakes of our joy, and
    comforts us in our affliction;
    add to this, that his company is
    an everlasting pleasure to.



  37. If I Could Make A Friend
    Poet: Unknown

    If I today a friend could find
    Amid the labor and the stress.
    Some toiling brother, kindred mind.
    Some hand to clasp in tenderness,
    It would not matter what reward
    The hours had brought me on the way
    If I could say, "I thank Thee Lord -
    I know I made a friend today."



  38. Why Do We Wait?
    Poet: Unknown

    Why do we wait till ears are deaf
    Before we speak our kindly word,
    And only utter loving praise
    When not a whisper can be heard?

    Why do we wait till hands are laid
    Close-folded, pulseless, ere we place
    Within them roses sweet and rare,
    And lilies in their flawless grace?

    Why do we wait till eyes are sealed
    To light and love in death's deep trance -
    Dear wistful eyes - before we bend
    Above them with impassioned glance?

    Why do we wait till hearts are still
    To tell them all the love in ours,
    And give them such late meed of praise,
    And lay above them fragrant flowers?

    Why do we, careless, wait till life's
    Sweet opportunities are past,
    And break our "alabaster box
    Of ointment" at the very last!

    Oh! let us heed the living friend
    Who walks with us life's common ways,
    Watching our eyes for look of love,
    And hungering for a word of praise.



  39. Friendship
    Poet: Edgar A. Guest

    How sweet it is when skies are gray,
    And hope is slipping from your heart,
    To have a friend come up and say:
    "Cheer up, old man, I'll take your part."

    When o'er the threshold of your home
    Death's angel stalks and claims your bride;
    How sweet it is within the gloam,
    To know a friend is at your side.

    But when your life is bright and gay,
    And you are basking in success;
    'Tis sweeter far to turn that day
    To aid some brother in distress.

Famous Poems about Friendship by Famous Poets:

  1. Be A Friend    by Edgar A. Guest


  2. A Friend's Greeting   by Edgar A. Guest


  3. The Making Of Friends   by Edgar A. Guest


  4. Put To The Test   by Strickland Gillilan


  5. To Know All Is To Forgive All   by Nixon Waterman


  6. Hopes Of Joy   by J. J. Thorne

  7. A Mile With Me   by Henry VanDyke


  8. Old And New    by Ella Wheeler Wilcox


  9. Inscriptions For A Friend's House   by Henry VanDyke


  10. To My Friend   by John Imrie


  11. Frankness Between Friends    by Berton Braley


  12. Spirit of Friendship   by Arthur Franklin Fuller


  13. A Reckoning   by Arthur Franklin Fuller


  14. The Gain   by Wilhelmina Stitch

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Friendship is a gift in life, treasure it! Friends new and old can influence and impact us in positive ways. We hope this poetry expresses your thoughts for your friends and that you will share them with the special people in your life that you consider your friends.


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