Friendships are like snakeskins

Sometimes they must be shed

For the growth of what’s within

And a happier life be led


The protection given past

The feeling of being whole

May not forever last

Can squeeze upon the soul


No malice for the old friends

Or what they kindly gave

Our paths have different ends

Till we meet beyond the grave


But you must see, as I do

Closeness no longer there

Our lives diverge, as lives do

And less we seem to care


No failure or blame to place

Both just being who we are

It has been a gift of grace

To walk with you this far


Now, your leave, I give to you

With hope for your life blessed

If, to myself, I must be true

Then this is what is best


Both our lives carry a toll

No need for the extra weight

The unburdening of my role

Just a product of my fate




14 Responses to “Snakeskin”
  1. I’ve always felt (and probably always will feel) a sense of guilt when I choose to walk away from a friendship that I’ve either outgrown or which I’ve discovered does me more harm than good. Your words helped me see that sometimes, it’s just the natural occurrence that comes as time passes and we change/grow. Thank you for helpful insight!

    • Brad Osborne says:

      When your actions are at the behest of your physical, metal, and spiritual well-being, there is no need for feeling guilty. We are first and foremost stewards of our own lives. Love you, sis!

  2. beth says:

    it’s such a challenging process, and one that occurs quite naturally over time, and if we are open to seeing it as it is, as it was, it is easier to see that it’s had its place and it may no longer serves the two of you in the way it once did.

  3. kristianw84 says:

    Very well said, and another insightful reminder!

  4. Jim Borden says:

    I can just picture a fair maiden standing on a balcony reciting these words to her ex-lover…

  5. Kaylen says:

    Beautiful poem Brad! After reading this I thought of a child seeing a snakeskin, thinking it is a snake. And how some people leave friendships but one does not notice. They see the snake…not realizing it is skin….just food for thought.

  6. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    Very well said and with much truth in those precise and perfectly placed words my friend.

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