You need that 3am dead night friend,
The one who’ll always pick up the phone,
They’ll insist that you didn’t wake them up,
That you should never, ever, feel alone.
They’ll listen to you without interrupting much.
They’ll be indignant on your behalf.
And when you’re done, they’ll say “Oh, darling!”
And somehow, simply that’ll be enough.
You need that 3pm everyday friend
The one who drinks tea with you,
They make your day seem that much better,
On slow afternoons without much to do.
You make easy conversation, you laugh a lot
They know the people in your life,
They’ll get when you say that your cousin’s a bore
Or that your neighbour’s got himself a wife
Then you need that “Let’s go” friend!
The one who’s always somehow ready to go,
To party, to shop, to even repair your watch
They’ll take you to that late night show.
This friend of yours keeps you on your toes,
And makes sure you don’t become slack,
They’ll take you on an incredible adventure,
and plan the next on the way back.
Then of course there’s the F.R.I.E.N.D.S kinda friend,
The one who binge watches TV with you,
You have similar tastes, you like the same shows
Your favourite characters are the same too!
They get the snacks and you get the drinks,
And you watch in enraptured silence,
Their company spells comfort; they feel like home,
And they’re assuring with their mere presence.
If you’re not a book lover, (I don’t know you)
Then this one isn’t for you,
But everyone knows if you are one,
You need a friend who loves them too.
You really need a friend who gets without saying,
Just why you love words so much.
They understand why your eyes light up,
When a page of a new book you touch.
You’ll cry to them about not having books to read,
And for your sake, they’ll happily ignore
That ever growing stack on your bedside table
Of books you’ve never read before.
You need a once-a-month “let’s catch up” friend
The one who always seems a bit busy
But when they give you time, they give you all of it,
And picking the threads is nice and breezy.
They remember things you told them long ago
They know just the right things to say,
They might be out of touch, but never lost,
Even though for long you’ve been away.
Then of course, you need that “can do” friend,
The one you call when there’s something you need.
They always seem to know someone; to them
Everyone’s a friend of a friend of a friend indeed.
They’re handy, they’re helpful, they have contacts,
Their network is wide and exhaustive,
They know their way, through tweaks and turns,
And their capacity is quite comprehensive.
Then you need a sage of a friend,
Someone to give you wise counsel,
You turn to them when you’re in trouble,
And they always know what to tell.
You count on them to know what to do,
And you listen to every word they say
Just talking to them cuts sorrow in half,
They gently show you the right way.
You also need a “weekend” friend,
Someone you love to hang out with,
You might have grand plans or nothing at all,
But without them, the weekend feels incomplete.
Then you need that childhood friend,
The one who’s grown with you,
You might still be friends or sadly grown apart,
But you know they’ll always be true.
You share inside jokes from your growing up days,
You’ll always think of them with fondness,
Whenever you meet, you’re flooded with nostalgia,
And realise you’re truly blessed.
And finally you do need that soul friend,
The one who feels like your twin.
If soul, and not blood counted,
They would be your next of kin.
You know the one I’m talking about
You’re thinking about them right now.
They know you inside out it seems
Even though you don’t know how.
They seem to take words out of your mouth,
It used to surprise you, but not anymore.
They always know exactly how you feel,
And can tell when you’re all sore.
Each friend you have, has a special role,
A unique gap that they fill.
Lucky are you if you’ve found them all,
And if they’re all one person, you’re luckier still!