-not so mirror image-

This came from a conversation with my cousin in July ’07. I don’t remember which of my friends she had met, or who she was referring to, but she made a comment about how my friends were all so different from me. I hadn’t really thought about it before that. I just take whatever friends get thrown at me. That sounds wrong, but I’m a solitary enough person that I don’t go out looking for friendship. If I take an effort to make you a part of my life, then you’re a special person.

We all have a need for a friend who thinks like us, right? I love it when I meet someone who, at first glance, is nothing at all like me; but as we get to know each other, we find all kinds of common ground between us. Kind of like my relationship with my husband; different personalities, similar values – it makes for a good combination… and laughter.

Not so Mirror Image

Desperation drew me to you:
longing for someone like me
to relate to

Knowing you
was like…
finding an oil painting of
a foreign goddess
where I expected to find
a mirror

When I looked inside the frame,
nothing matched
-me.

Your eyes-
looking out, viewed the world in ways (that
ridiculous me
thought were foolish)
-so different from mine.

But wanting prevailed,
and I studied the swirls and curls of you
and found…
…a side of me that I had never met
and kind of liked

and that…
between our two windows on the world,
there is a hallway
where we can walk side by side
-if only for a short distance-
as friends.

When my little brother got married, my mom made up some photo centerpieces for the tables at the rehearsal dinner. I was surprised when I picked one up, to find that she had printed this poem of mine on the photos. She left off the last two lines – very smart of her for a forever wedding.

That line “if only for a short distance” is kind of questionable anyway. But it’s true. Living at a summer camp for 12 years, I’ve come to appreciate friendship on  different levels. Some friendships last a lifetime, some for years, and some only for a week or so.  Those short friendships have been valuable parts of my life too.

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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 -not so mirror image-

  1. Meg says:

    I love that you can use such detailed wording and still make such a clear point. Not many people have that gift. Absolutely beautiful 🙂

    Like

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