The Warmth of Friendship
Flames flickered in the moonlight, seven men all seated round
The crackling of the campfire, the one and only sound.
Another battle over, the fight was once more won
And each man’s heart was glad no friend had suffered from a gun.
Chris, leaning back against a rock, flames dancing in his eyes
Looked at the faces in the firelight, wondering how he formed such ties.
Six men all oh-so-different, but all so much the same
He knew each one would take a bullet meant for him if that time came.
He breathed smoke in through a shuddering breath, and let it out real slow
Wallowing in the knowledge he was safe from any foe.
Vin, his hat low over eyes that stared into the blaze
Thought of how these men had saved his life in many ways.
Not only from a blazing gun, a knife, a rope…whatever
But also being there to shelter him from stormy weather.
He’d never felt as safe before, it made his heart clench tight
And he knew if these men could help it, he was safe in any fight.
Josiah, leaning forward, stoked up the fire, ‘til it grew
Then nodded thanks at Nathan who handed him a pungent brew.
The smell filled up his nostrils, but his mind was miles away
Thinking on the battle that had turned out well that day.
He raised his eyes to Heaven, his mouth forming silent prayers
As he thanked the Lord for each of six friends lives that He had spared.
Ezra’s fingers fiddled idly with the playing cards in his hand
His gaze took in each fire-lit face, then looked down at the ground.
He had never felt that he belonged, until he’d joined these men
And knew that if it ended, he would not find home again.
His travels had found him danger, and sometimes, deep despair
But now he knew that if he needed help, it would be there.
Buck looked down at the pebble he always carried come what may
But knew it wasn’t that which kept him safe from harm that day.
He turned it over in his hand, then threw it on the floor
As he sat amongst the six men that he knew he would die for.
He didn’t need a pebble, he realized with a smile
He was safe and protected within this fold, and had been all the while.
JD looked out on the darkened land, his heart now slow and steady
He didn’t know why it raced so fast, when he was battle ready
The men around him, seemed so calm as they prepared to fight
But deep down he knew, that they just kept their feelings out of sight.
He realized he had a lot to learn, but took comfort from the thought
That because of these six men, he’d stay alive while he was taught.
Nathan studied each face carefully, looking for a sign
That told him they were hurting, but they all seemed just fine.
He ran his fingers down his face; tipped his hat to hide his eyes
To conceal the rush of relief filled tears that he could not disguise.
He felt a sudden shift of mood, and wiping tears from off his face
He raised his eyes and what he saw made his heartbeat race.
Six pairs of eyes were on him, concern was plain to see
So Nathan nodded reassurance at his family.
Fresh tears began to assault his eyes, after all had looked away
He knew right then that he was safe, and he would stay that way.
The men stayed silent around the fire, faces lit by orange flame
Seven men who were so different, but whose thoughts were all the same.
They were once alone; no ties at all, looking out for number one
But tomorrow they were going home where their alliance had begun.
The warmth of friendship filled their souls, while they sat quiet and relaxed
Each knowing that the other six, would always watch their backs.
A circle of brothers so strong in its force, no storm could put it asunder
Not a hurricane, tornado. Not lightning and not thunder.
They calmed each others troubled waters and dispersed tempestuous seas
Provided pillars of strength to lean upon when one fell to their knees.
The power of their friendship was as it was always meant to be
The joining of their seven souls, was not
fate, it was destiny.
The stories within this archive are written in honor of the members of
7H7C list who are celebrating birthdays throughout the year.
Enjoy the warmth of our friendship!