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    by Ngozi Osuagwu, MD | December 11th, 2016


    I was arranging my dresser and chanced upon a sheet of paper that was folded. When I unfolded the paper, it was a poem that my sister shared at her birthday party some years ago. She had invited some friends to Florida for her birthday weekend and during dinner recited the poem. The title of the poem is, GIRLS IN MY CIRCLE. I googled to find the author and all I could find was anonymous.


    When I was little,

    I use to believe in the concept of one best friend,

    And then I started to become a woman.

    And then I found out that if you allow your heart to open up,

    God would show you the best in many friends.

    One friend is needed when you’re going through things with your man.

    Another friend is needed when you’re going through things with your mom.

    Another will sit beside you in the bleachers as you delight in your children and their activities.

    Another when you want to shop, share, heal, hurt, joke, or just be.

    One friend will say, ‘Let’s cry together,’

    Another, ‘Let’s fight together,’

    Another, ‘Let’s walk away together.’

    One friend will meet your spiritual need,

    Another your shoe fetish,

    Another your love for movies,

    Another will be with you in your season of confusion,

    Another will be your clarifier,

    Another the wind beneath your wings.

    But whatever their assignment in your life,

    On whatever the occasion,

    On whatever the day,

    Or wherever you need them to meet you with their gym shoes on and hair pulled back,

    Or to hold you back from making a complete fool of yourself,

    Those are your best friends.

    It may all be wrapped up in one woman, But for many, it’s wrapped up in several.

    One from 7th grade,

    One from high school,

    Several from the college years,

    A couple from old jobs,

    On some days your mother,

    On some days your neighbor,

    On others, your sisters,

    And on some days, your daughters.

    So whether you’ve been my friend for 20 minutes or 20+ years, I want to say thank you for

    enriching my life and helping God shape the woman I am today.





    2 Responses to “GIRLS IN MY CIRCLE”

    1. Mildred Cox says:

      The last sentence is exactly how I feel! Thank you for being you! I’m blessed and grateful you are also part of “The Girls in my Circle!” Xoxo☺️

    2. Chinwe Okpalaoka says:

      I have also seen a variation of the poem that says that we all need friends who will come in and carry us out of a situation when we are not able to do so ourselves:-) Thanks for sharing your piece.

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