Lola Adams: My friend is gone (30 days, 30 voices)

by Lola Adams


My companion in time of need,

as cool as water running down a creek.

Gifted in the art of nursing

to my groans, she came scurrying.


Where would I be without her?

Whose heart if I broke, I cannot mend;

and I would never have pushed her to the edge,

lest I found myself alone on the bench.


No nightingale did ever chant,

a sound as thrilling as her voice.

I’ve never heard another so sweet,

oh, the soothing voice of my dear friend.


When I failed to heed her counsel,

and came on back with wear and tear,

she never said “I told you so…”

She only laughed out loud and held me close.


I wish I had told her how special she was,

The way she cared, no one else did.

It’s too late now to do just that;

too late to say what I should have said.


People do walk in and out of my life,

but none can ever replace my friend;

even in death,

her value remains priceless.


Lola Adams is an optimist, a firm believer in dreaming even when it isn’t worth believing.  She values family and friendship above all else. She tweets from @LolaAdams

30 Days, 30 Voices series is an opportunity for young Nigerians from across the world to share their stories and experiences – creating a meeting point where our common humanity is explored.

Op-ed pieces and contributions are the opinions of the writers only and do not represent the opinions of Y!/YNaija






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