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General Friendship Poetry

Near - Ray McAllister
Touch - Ray McAllister

"Hi, my name is Ray McAllister. I, like you, am an avid student of platonic love. Here are some friendship poems I wrote."

NEAR
14 March 96
Ray McAllister

How glad I am to feel you near,
to have as you a friend of common Faith,
to open up my heart to one not too afraid to look,
or too displeased to care,
but one who peers with interest rapt into the center of my soul.
How pleasant here to feel your voice role over me like the sea,
bright and fresh as a summer afternoon.
whose thoughts draw my anxious eyes as a rainbow in the sky.
Oh, the joy unearned to gaze into a mind so pure,
a model of the holy life, next to me as in the war,
or just to rest in silence savoring our tender tie.
Oh, to sit so close to one who knows my good and bad,
and chooses still my side.
now to share that clean, unselfish, flame of nearer inner bonds,
the soft embrace of hearts who truly care.

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TOUCH
25 March 96
Ray McAllister

I feel your touch, my friend,
the spontaneous song of your love for me.
It sounds with a soft tap,
a playful swat,
a pure embrace.
And in Your silent tones You sing of the Spirit's tie.

Here we stand together,
our union in His kingdom displayed by thoughtful hands,
the bond in the work shown by the closeness of our walk,
And in this chilly, violent world,
we warm and guard ourselves with the other's care,
throwing off our fears in playful games of silly rest.

Yet in the deepest cavity of our heart,
the place where feelings pass the realm of words,
we simply savor the gifts of our loving God.
Let us now share His music,
the unspoken chords and the fluid melodies,
the mysterious power to draw our spirits near,
and pull us toward the One who brought us close.

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