Everyone Needs Someone

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People need people and friends need friends,
And we all need love for a full life depends
Not on vast riches or great acclaim,
Not on success or on worldly fame,

But just in knowing that someone cares
And holds us close in their thoughts and prayers –
For only the knowledge that we’re understood
Makes everyday living feel wonderfully good.

And we rob ourselves of life’s greatest need
When we “lock up our hearts” and fail to heed
The outstreched hand reaching to find
A kindred spirit whose heart and mind

Are lonely and longing to somehow share
Our joys and sorrows and to make us aware
That life’s completeness and richness depends
On the things we share with our loved ones and friends.

Helen Steiner Rice
(1900 – 1981)

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