Symbiosis Sustains Friendship

Friends
Two people
May be more
Maybe same sex
Maybe opposite sexes
Friends all the same!

Symbiosis
Each contributes
Maybe by way of laughter
Maybe by way of quality time
Maybe by way of quality advice
Maybe by way of encouragement
Something must be in existence
Something the other gains from
Something so desirable about the other

We can’t be friends
At least not sustainable friends:
If there’s nothing I do for you
If there’s nothing you do for me
If my presence is not desirable
If your presence is not desirable
There must be something unique
So unique the friend supplies it
That sustains the bond!

Friendship:
It’s about symbiosis
Some part of me that you want
Some part of you that I want
What are friends for!

Enyinda Okey

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About Ijagun Poetry Journal

Ijagun Poetry Journal is a quarterly journal that provides a platform from which we can tell our own stories in the authenticity of their multiplicity through the poetic medium. We don’t want to hear these stories from our master “griots” alone; we want to hear from those mastering their art, too. Hence, we aim at publishing new and emerging poets. We also welcome the works of established poets in order to encourage the poetic genius of those mastering poetic art. We prize original works that conform to, break or reinvent conventions. Again, we accept reviews and critical essays on poetry. We also accept powerful art works and photographs that make us appreciate the "poetry" in everything.
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