A Friend, a gem…
(For Rex Velez)
By Apolinario B. Villalobos
Friends are earned
Not just by a simple acquaintance
Made in a day, a week, a month
It’s more than having lunch together
Or enjoying toasts in a drinking spree
But years of being together
Sharing heartaches, and laughter.
And having a friend like Rex
Is like having found a gem
In a pile of unwanted stones
That for long, scorched by sun
Coated with layers of dust
Washed with torrential rains
Till exposed by time and sparkled.
He never buckled under a heavy load
Instead, smiled his way
Through the onslaught of storms
Showing the rest how to enjoy life
This he did with uttered inspirations
And resolved persevering actions.