Poem of the Week

This week, we have a poem by William Carlos Williams. Editorial Intern, Alec, says: “William Carlos Williams is a captivating character, whose fascination with the human phenomena and poetic innovation birthed an impressive amount of powerful literature. Williams captures the complexity of relationships in playful rhythm; he confronts the unspoken comfort of companionship. A lot with a little make Williams a master poet.”
The Friend Who Just Stands
When trouble comes your soul to try,
You love the friend who just “stands by.”
Perhaps there’s nothing he can do—
The thing is strictly up to you;
For there are troubles all your own,
And paths the soul must tread alone;
Times when love cannot smooth the road
Nor friendship lift the heavy load,
But just to know you have a friend
Who will “stand by” until the end,
Whose sympathy through all endures,
Whose warm handclasp is always yours—
It helps, someway, to pull you through,
Although there’s nothing he can do.
And so with fervent heart you cry,
“God bless the friend who just ‘stands by’!” 


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