Understanding A Friend

Understanding a Friend

(for Ted Lapuz)

By Apolinario Villalobos


When I extended my hand for a shake

Do I see streaks of doubt in your eyes?

I’d like to think that it’s just

The true you

That you wanted to show.


I know that you have tried

To find real friends

But others thought

It’s hard to grasp the real you

Until now, some still do.


But you’re sincere and strong

So don’t despair, my friend

You’ll prove them wrong…


(1979…when my friend confided, it’s not easy to move on.)

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