Dinah Maria Mulock Craik









Oh, the comfort— the inexpressible comfort

of feeling safe with a person,

Having neither to weigh thoughts,

Nor measure words— but pouring them

All right out— just as they are—

Chaff and grain together—

Certain that a faithful hand will

Take and sift them—

Keep what is worth keeping—

And with the breath of kindness

Blow the rest away.

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15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sherrysf
    Jun 29, 2012 @ 00:32:07

    But of course I love this post!


  2. Deanna Schrayer
    Jun 29, 2012 @ 07:29:13

    What a perfect description of perfect friendship, especially that last line. Thanks for sharing this Elizabeth!


  3. elizabeth
    Jun 29, 2012 @ 08:37:11

    I agree Deanna, the safety found in such friendships is pricelsss. :)


  4. Carol Ann Hoel
    Jun 29, 2012 @ 15:39:04

    No truer words spoken. Thank you for sharing such beautiful thoughts. Blessings to you, Elizabeth…


  5. ivonprefontaine
    Jun 29, 2012 @ 16:43:06

    Reblogged this on Teacher as Transformer and commented:
    This is an amazing thought and important to each of us as we move through life. Be with good friends and bring good cheer.


  6. russtowne
    Nov 23, 2012 @ 11:12:55

    This is the first time I have ever read this poem, and it has immediately become one of my favorites. Thank you for sharing it.



  7. russtowne
    Nov 23, 2012 @ 11:15:54

    Reblogged this on A Grateful Man and commented:
    This is the first time I have ever read this poem, and it has immediately become one of my favorites.


  8. mimijk
    Nov 23, 2012 @ 11:46:00

    I too have never read this poem and consider it a gift! Thank you!


  9. Wendell A. Brown
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 13:36:56

    Ivon was so right, the poem and it’s message is truly breathtaking! It was well worth the visit, and one that inspires me to write something this day…thanks for sharing…beautifully done!


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