When Friendship Goes Awry

20 Jun


Illustrations by Zindy S. D. Nielsen



Hello everyone! Welcome to my blog. As a writer I’m always revising my work. Each time trying to make it better. I’m posting a revised version of my poem ‘Best Friend’. I hope you like it.

Accompanying my poem are beautiful illustrations by a very talented artist from Denmark Zindy Nielsen. I believe the art compliments my poem. I hope you do too.




Best Friend

by Vashti Quiroz-Vega

The sun shone brightly on the day we met.
The radiance of your smile promised eternal sunshine.
When darkness loomed I dried the sorrows you wept.
Always by your side, I offered dawn when you suffered stress.
I was gravity, ever-present for each trivial affair of your life.
But when I needed you most, you couldn’t care less.

As I neared my goals, and success was within my reach.
The luster of friendship began to dull in your eyes.
Why do you despise me? Tormented, in my mind I screeched.
You feigned to listen, when all the while
you gathered information to judge me with.
Why the hatred, my friend? Why am I on trial?

When you betrayed me, the skies grew gray and dark.
My heart bled within me as the storm clouds gathered in your eyes.
You held up a broken mirror to show me my heart.
Sodden by the tempest of envy, unable to tolerate my radiant soul.
You set out to drain my spirit with distorted images you presented.
Until one day, in another’s eyes, my heart’s true reflection I stole.

Eerie, cold, and turbulent was the night our friendship ended.
I was too fetching, too clever, too creative for you to love me.
How am I to release my disappointment? Will my heart ever be mended?
Your spiteful squalls tore a hole in my heart, but my spirit you did miss.
Some friends crush you with a cold glare or a hurtful word.
A jealous friend betrays you with a cowardly kiss.

Copyright © 2013 by Vashti Quiroz-Vega. All rights reserved.


Friends should encourage you, make you happy, and love you unconditionally. If you’re having problems with a friend, please check this out.


Do you have a friend that acts more like an enemy? Are you in or have you been in a situation where a friend was jealous or envious of your success, job, boyfriend . . . ? What did you do about it?

36 Responses to “When Friendship Goes Awry”

  1. Linda June 20, 2013 at 11:01 pm #

    Very good and so very honest..Friends should (but rarely do) be with us forever.I guess they stay with us in our hearts and remembering.


  2. Tricia Drammeh June 21, 2013 at 6:05 am #

    Unfortunately, this happens in some friendships. One person gives while the other takes. When the giving friend is in need of consolation, the other person suddenly doesn’t have time for the friendship. Or sometimes envy splits the friendship in two. This is a lovely poem and the accompanying illustrations are perfect. Thank you for sharing this.


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega June 21, 2013 at 6:45 pm #

      Wise words Tricia. Thank you very much. I’m very happy you enjoyed the poem and the art. Thanks for stopping by and for your lovely comment. Hope to see you again soon. 😀


  3. Joy in Comfytown June 21, 2013 at 7:09 pm #

    This is so sad but beautiful, and unfortunately true. I have had a friend kind of like that, there for only themselves. The whole “better to have loved and lost” is true for friendship, too, but that’s little comfort. It’s great that you could take your pain and turn into something beautiful for the world to read, enjoy and relate to. That is a gift from the universe, the universe thanks you for sharing your gift!
    Thank you for coming by the Tattler Thursday blog hop today! I do hope you join us every week!


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega June 21, 2013 at 10:11 pm #

      Hello Joy! I appreciate your kind words. Writing is what I love so thank you so much. Visiting the Blog Hop was my pleasure and I will certainly visit again. Thanks again for stopping by and I hope to hear from you again soon. xx


  4. lisanewlin June 22, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

    This hit home for me, as I’ve had experience with this in the past. One of them is a co-worker and she seeks to make my life miserable. It hurts so bad because we were friends, and it’s the betrayal that sucks.

    This was well written and perfectly captured those feelings. It’s also a great reminder why my husband will always be my best friend. 🙂


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega June 22, 2013 at 9:32 pm #

      Oh Lisa, I’m so sorry. It’s bad enough when a friend betrays you, but for her to be a co-worker too. That’s terrible! It’s like you can’t get away from the nightmare. Thank you very much. I’m glad you enjoyed the post, and I hope things get better for you at work.


      • lisanewlin June 23, 2013 at 12:50 am #

        It is what it is, and it definitely sucks, but I try to ignore it, do my job and then get out of there. Fortunately, I can work from home quite a bit so I’m not there very often. I also have an amazing husband, which reminds me things aren’t so bad if I can’ come home to him!


      • Vashti Quiroz-Vega June 23, 2013 at 3:42 am #

        I’m glad you’re handling it so well, and it definitely helps to be able to work from home. It’s also awesome that you have such a great support system in your husband.


  5. now at home mom June 22, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

    It’s very true Vashti, friends should encourage us and makes us happy, some do but unfortunately some don’t and that hurts when you realize they are not your friends anymore and probably never were your friends. Beautiful poem Vashti and beautiful illustrations too from Nielsen
    wish you a great weekend! 🙂


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega June 22, 2013 at 9:47 pm #

      So true Ingrid, the realization that the person you trusted and loved as a sister was never truly a friend is one of the most heart-wrenching awarenesses you could ever have. I’m happy you enjoyed the poem and illustrations. You have a great weekend also. xx


  6. Linda Atwell (@outoneear) June 23, 2013 at 4:30 am #

    Beautiful piece. Beautiful art. I had a special friend for years. But we parted ways nearly twenty years ago. At first it was hard. We’d shared so much. It felt like something was missing. But now, I realize it was not a healthy relationship. More one-sided. I don’t miss her anymore. I hope you heal. I’m sure this is part of that healing process.


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega June 23, 2013 at 5:14 pm #

      Yes, I believe this is part of my healing process Linda. You’re very insightful. Thank you very much for your kind and encouraging words.


  7. Melissa @ Home on Deranged June 23, 2013 at 5:49 am #

    It’s so hard to know when you first become friends with someone, what might be their break points. Sometimes you will have invested years in a friendship, only to be betrayed and devastated. A friend breakup can be almost as hard as a romantic one.


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega June 23, 2013 at 5:11 pm #

      Hello Melissa,

      You’re absolutely right. I never realized that until now. Thank you.


  8. joseph kimani June 24, 2013 at 3:29 am #

    wow…..just love reading it over n over again..


  9. Danie' June 24, 2013 at 3:52 am #

    Great post, brings a few friends to mind. Thanks for linking up at the Tattler Thursday Blog Hop. (ImNoHumdrum-Mum: Co-Hostess.)


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega June 24, 2013 at 5:17 am #

      Hi Danie! I’m sorry to hear that. I hope you get better friends. It was my pleasure. I’ll see you next time. 😀


  10. Jessica June 25, 2013 at 2:43 am #

    Vashti this was a great poem. I’ve hhad this happen to me a few times in my life. Not a nice feeling at all. Thanks for sharing your poem with us @ My Favorite Posts SHOW OFF Weekend Blog Party 🙂

    The Wondering Brain


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega June 25, 2013 at 3:50 am #

      Hi Jessica! I’m glad you enjoyed the poem. I’m sorry that you’ve been through this situation because I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. You’re welcome, and you will see me next week at the next Blog Party. 😀


  11. coastalmom June 26, 2013 at 12:13 am #

    I need to write something about friendship. This was so timely for me! Even though my last post was about losing a friend (I didn’t see THAT one coming!!! And it caught me so off guard) I was preparing to write something similar about a friendship going astray. There are so many different aspects in friendships and the joy and pain it brings; I’ve kind of landed in your poem and it is sad and comforting all in the same flight knowing someone else understands that place!
    Thank you for your beautiful words!


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega June 26, 2013 at 12:22 am #

      It is always a pleasure reading your comments Di. I’m sorry to read that you’ve had a double whammy. Losing a good friend, and also the heartache of losing a friendship you thought was good. It’s difficult, but I know there are people out there that are sincere, caring and genuinely good. Thank you so much for stopping by, and for your lovely comment. xoxo


      • coastalmom June 26, 2013 at 12:30 am #

        That site about toxic friendships nailed it! Thank you for sharing! It’s sad because we have been friends since we were little.
        Thank you for your fresh views and old soul wisdom!


      • Vashti Quiroz-Vega June 26, 2013 at 12:44 am #

        Didn’t it? When I read it I knew I had to share it. I knew I couldn’t be the only one going through this. That is very sad, but people change with time. You’re very welcome my friend. xoxo ❤


  12. glitterglueandpaint October 24, 2013 at 6:41 pm #

    Absolutely beautiful poem and the illustrations go perfectly with that. Thanks for sharing at Throwback Thursday.


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega October 24, 2013 at 7:51 pm #

      Hello! Thank you very much. I’m happy you enjoyed it. It was a pleasure linking up with you guys at Throwback Thursday!


  13. jugglingrealfoodandreallife February 27, 2015 at 12:07 pm #

    Hi Vashti. I’m hopping over from Let’s Get Real today. Your words always leave me feeling something. They are so beautiful and so carefully crafted. I agree. The illustrations are a powerful addition to your words.


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega February 27, 2015 at 4:05 pm #

      Hi! I’m so happy you enjoyed the poem. Thank you for visiting and for the kind words. I love these illustrations––very talented artist. 😀


  14. Create With Joy March 1, 2015 at 4:34 am #

    What a great poem, Vashti, and such perfect images to accompany them!
    It is so hard when someone we love and trust betrays us.
    I’m glad you have your creativity to help you deal with this – obviously you have touched upon a situation that many people have dealt with too based on the comments!

    Have a wonderful week and thanks for joining us at Inspire Me Monday!


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega March 3, 2015 at 2:36 pm #

      Hello Ramona! Thank you very much for the kind words. I’m glad you enjoyed the poem and it’s always a pleasure linking up with you. 🙂


  15. Vashti Quiroz-Vega September 13, 2013 at 11:19 pm #

    Thank you so much for the mention on your blog. I’m glad you enjoyed the poem! 😀



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