Friends are rare - much more rare than lovers, who come and go. But that is how it should be: rarety is no impediment.
If I pause to think of where I met true friends, I realise they live in farflung places. Well, far from where I am now.
Baku, in Azerbaijan is captivating for its warm-hearted people, and so is Khartoum, Sudan's capital, and Ammam, in Jordan.
Sometimes the backdrop provides the best friendship, and melting pots like Bahrain or Saudi Arabia are where I met some of my closest.
Butterflies and bees
touch nectar at each flower
-she sits, under the cherry tree
catching the fluttering blossoms