For What You Are

“When your friend speaks his mind
you fear not the “Nay” in your own mind
nor do you withhold the “Ay”
And when he is silent
our heart ceases not to listen to his heart;
For without words, in friendship,
All expectations, all desires, all expectations
Are born and shared, with joy that is unacclaimed
When you part from your friend, you grieve not;
For that which you love in him
May be clearer in his absence,
As the mountain, to the climber, is clearer from the plain”

Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)