friendship is a gift from God
we have so much in common
our imaginations are a shining castle in the sun
a park filled with trees and flowers
it's a place to go to set ourselves free

understanding each other
love of God
power of prayer
joys of music
writing stories one can become blissfully lost in
exploring characters one can slip into with ease

despite the eight years that separate us
she teaches me, perhaps without realizing
not only to be creative
but also to possess true faith:
that which knows no obstacle
tenacity that remains strong
kindness that looks for goodness, even in the dark