-iron and water-

Today is a good day. It’s a mile marker day for me and Roger. So here’s something I wrote for him about us in January 2007.

Sometimes I think we have it too easy; these 15 years of marriage have been pretty smooth sailing. Our personalities complement each other well. We have different strengths, different weaknesses, we see the world in different ways, but we share the same set of core values.

Iron and Water

you said one time –
as iron sharpens iron,
so you’d like to be with me
well, maybe we’re not
but maybe we are
something similar

as water smoothes rocks
I roll over you,
gently but constantly –
changing you slowly

and as rocks
change the course of water
you lead me
changing my direction
(even my chemical make-up)
as I change you

not harshly like
two iron rods, clanging,

– comfortably

I spent so much time pregnant and breastfeeding. And it’s kind of amazing to me: a woman’s body goes through all kinds of chemical changes – producing milk, growing a human, all those mysterious processes that I don’t even remember anymore. It’s an interesting side effect of falling in love.


About ruthie.voth

Wife of one, mother of four, friend of many. Lover of details, color, good conversations, finding balance, and being honest. Passionate lover of a well-crafted sentence - even more so if it's witty. Weird blend of cynical optimist. I'm the worst kind of woman. I'm high maintenance, but I think I'm low maintenance. Somehow, people still love me. Must be grace.
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One Response to -iron and water-

  1. mennodave says:

    I think a man should be “steel and velvet” – mostly strong with some softness. A woman should be “velvet and steel” – mostly soft but with strength. I think this poem illustrates that.

    The quote from Proverbs is, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” It is talking about interaction between men.


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