The baggage that we carry from generation to generation
Prohibit us from reaching our Divinely ordained stations.
We sometimes have to seek clean emotional slates
To start anew without our ancestors' mistakes.
Friends are family that we choose;
They may be replacements for family we lose.
Whether through entreaties of our own or of theirs,
Friends answer the lonesome heart's prayers.
So many people want to manipulate
Our emotions to control us or their own fates.
We must be careful to only call friend
Those we can trust with the self within.
What peace resides in an open heart,
Shared with someone who is truly a part
Of our journey toward Eternal Grace
On earth as in our final resting place.