05 January 2018

Nationwide’s poem of the month for January

At Nationwide, we believe it’s important that our members speak up for what matters to them. It’s a vital part of building society together. And it’s one of the inspirations behind our TV advertising campaign.

We also love to hear from budding poets or writers that have been inspired to share their own poems with us. So each month, we’ll bring you a new example of the many poems we’ve received.

The poem featured this month is from Mike West. It’s a simple, yet meaningful piece, explaining the value of friendship and how important trust is when seeking help from a close companion.

'A Friend' by Mike West

A friend to me is someone I trust
to help me find a pathway through life’s hiccups.

An advisor who will tell me the truth
whatever that may be.

When things go astray, thoughts are hidden,
a friend to talk to so I speak out without fear.

When others urge to do the unbidden,
truth is all that is left to me.

I may not like what I hear, an anathema;
but the voice whispers that which is just.

So perhaps when listening I can find my salvation.
A friend to me is someone I trust.

We’d love to read more of your poems. If you have something that you’d like to share, please send it to voices@nationwide.co.uk and we might feature it on the website.

This is the latest in our series of monthly poems, previous poems include ‘The Veteran Player’ by Victoria White, ‘Weithie, sdim isie geirie’ by Aneirin Karadog and Eurig Salisbury and ‘The Meaning of the Season’ by Catharine Boddy.

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