How did all my friends Become so precious to me? We just started exchanging a few words. But more than words were heard. Through the words, like the string in a garland, Affection expressed itself, And mutual liking was established. We sought more opportunities to meet: We also exchanged more words online. Soon the bonds formed, They tightened as time passed. I do not know which friendships Will last the length of years Until the years themselves pass. Today, with the internet, There is no reason but apathy (And lack of time) To not keep in touch. My heart has room for many people But my life, and the daily grind, Does not. The days are like A kaleidoscope Where each day brings different friends, Or sometimes the same friends, Into view. Accepting this, I am able to have so many close friends Rather than trying to have An intense relationship With each one. Friendships…my greatest treasure. But I cannot count each gold coin every day! I accept that some coins might tarnish Or be spent. But the others that remain Fill the coffers of my heart.