Are friends essential complements to living’s ebb and flow?
Such friends – one cannot do without? I answer: yes. And no.
Thus if friends share with me my joys they increase? Is it so?
My joys once shared are doubled? I shall answer: yes. And no.
If life’s blows raining down upon me bring care and sorrow
Will a friend half all my trouble? I must answer: yes. And no.
Friends should bring blessings mutual. In Eden this was so.
But the present is not perfect. Are friends blessings? Yes. And no.
Friends can be good. And can be bad. It’s difficult to know.
Are friends worthwhile at all? Well: sometimes. Maybe. Yes. And no.