PORTRAIT OF A FRIEND

I can't give solutions to all of life's problems, doubts, or fears. 
But I can listen to you, and together we will search for answers. 

I can't change your past with all it's heartache and pain, 
nor the future with it's untold stories. 
But I can be there now when you need me to care. 

I can't keep your feet from stumbling. 
I can only offer my hand that you may grasp it and not fall. 

Your joys, triumphs, successes, and happiness are not mine; 
Yet I can share in your laughter. 

Your decisions in life are not mine to make, nor to judge; 
I can only support you, encourage you, and help you when you ask. 

I can't prevent you from falling away from friendship, 
from your values, from me. 
I can only pray for you, talk to you and wait for you. 

I can't give you boundaries which I have determined for you, 
But I can give you the room to change, 
room to grow, room to be yourself. 

I can't keep your heart from breaking and hurting, 
But I can cry with you and help you pick up the pieces 
and put them back in place. 

I can't tell you who you are. 
I can only love you and be your friend


-Chandu