For My Sweet Friend Briana

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Have you ever met one of those people who just inspire you to be a better person, but they have no idea the type of effect they have on others? I have. Her name is Briana Vedsted. She is without doubt, the sweetest, kindest person I have ever met, but she is so humble that she will never admit to it. I met Briana when she approached me early in the year to review one of her books, and she has quickly become one of my dearest friends. If you haven’t checked out her blog yet, please take a moment to do so. When I became an author

So Briana, this is for you little sis.

Going through life, looking at faces

finding new places, all begins to blend.

Once in a while we’re lucky, to find a special friend.

Someone who opens doors, makes us stop and think

about what this life is for.

Someone who makes us laugh, makes us smile,

reminds us that, it’s worth the while.

Someone who so often

doesn’t know the value of their gift;

never stops to appreciate

the way they give a heart a lift.

A ray of glowing sunshine,

a bright spot in the dim,

a hand to grasp onto,

when we’re too tired to swim

In this world there is darkness

so many reasons to fear

but you light up the world

for whomever you are near

We all love you Bri! Thanks for everything you do to make this world a happier place to be.

(Now back to regularly scheduled swearing, sarcasm, cynicism and narcissism.) I had a moment. Don’t tell anyone.


126 thoughts on “For My Sweet Friend Briana

  1. Oh Ionia! Thank you! This is just so…beautiful. I don’t have the right words right now. I’m all teary. (Anyone got a tissue?)
    I’m going to surprise you one of these days when I just happen to be in Nevada, and I’m going to get to give you a real hug.
    I have never had a friend who was there for me like you always are. I never had a friend who talked to me and treated me like their equal. I guess that is because I just hadn’t met you yet. Your blogs and comments always make me smile. Everything you do makes my life better. Thank you, my dear friend and sister.


  2. What a good girl you are today and a dear friend to have 🙂 Briana is awesome! Love that girl:) Love that she is so very real and her adorable personality always shines through.


  3. I got all misty-eyed with this poem, Ionia, and knowing Briana the bit that I do, it was spot-on. For the length of your poem, I felt a warmth that comes only from kindness and good hearts. And it will likely be with me for the rest of day and whenever I happen to think of Briana and you … even when Briana “bleeps” and you express yourself in coarser terms 😉


  4. Awww, Ionia… You’re going to make me cry. I have a fabulous adopted daughter…She did mention to you that I am her Mama Lily, yes? One thing is true; Briana brightens up the entire blogosphere with her presence. I love knowing her.


  5. And I love knowing you too Ionia; one of the first from the welcoming committee to show me some love. You light up the blogosphere yourself there little lady. Well, that and the fact that you’re too funny and sarcastic…Always makes my day.


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