Friendship’s Garland

When I was a boy there was a friend of mine,
We thought ourselves warriors and grown folk swine,
Stupid old animals who never understood
And never had an impulse, and said “You must be good!”

We stank like stoats and fled like foxes,
We put cigarettes in the pillar-boxes,
Lighted cigarettes and letters all aflame–
O the surprise when the postman came!

We stole eggs and apples and made fine hay
In people’s houses when people were away,
We broke street lamps and away we ran;
Then I was a boy but now I am a man.

Now I am a man and don’t have any fun,
I hardly ever shout and never, never run,
And I don’t care if he’s dead, that friend of mine,
For then I was a boy and now I am a swine.

— John Collings Squire, Poems: First Series, 1919


About Edmark M. Law

My name Edmark M. Law. I work as a freelance writer, mainly writing about science and mathematics. I am an ardent hobbyist. I like to read, solve puzzles, play chess, make origami and play basketball. In addition, I dabble in magic, particularly card magic and other sleight-of-hand type magic. I live in Hong Kong. I blog at You can find me on Twitter @EdmarkLaw and Facebook. My email is
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8 Responses to Friendship’s Garland

  1. thelongview says:

    Wonderful poem, very evocative! Thanks for sharing!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. ivors20 says:

    Thanks for the poem, always enjoy reading older works.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. rowanthroughlifeblog says:

    I’ve really connected with this piece. I’m currently going through my twenties and it’s staggering how much I saw “no” or won’t do things that my younger (more adventurous self) would have.

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  4. For some, with only memories, there is a past. For others, a thought is whole new World.

    Liked by 2 people

  5. Very nice and thought-provoking!

    Liked by 2 people

  6. Garfield Hug says:

    I enjoyed this poem very much. Thank you☺

    Liked by 2 people

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