me saying this:
On what is it
I find so
charming about you.
Just thinking about it makes me smile.
I like sharing time with you!
And it doesn’t matter we don’t see
each other for weeks
(I’m glad to know you miss us too
and we are also in your thoughts…)
So what it is then?
when I say
I’ve put some time into this riddle.
Ok. Here goes:
Nowhere have I found a place (until now)
where I can be so vulnerable—and still feel so at ease.
I said it.
Nothing like a good vent between friends, eh?
Are you blushing?
You can always make me laugh..
…and I always feel better.
You laugh at my jokes—
and don’t take offense.
You never take sides.
Seen without you.
That would break me.
I pray, Lord keep you safe always.
“…you two had a grand-falling-out I heard. You ok?”
“Yeah. Thanks for asking. I’m ok. Laughing about it now…
The only thing bigger than that man’s mouth is his you-know-what! HA!
But lately, it seemed something was wrong—
I didn’t know it’s been wrong-every-time-he’s-seen-me.”
Maybe stress is getting to him? Maybe too much small-town politics?
Stubborn man…and I’m fond of his kids—”
“Nuts don’t fall far from the tree!” Interjected the Friend.
“Well, that’s for darn-sure! When I saw how his daughter disciplined her
puppy (a puppy for Pete’s sake!) I can see how she must have been treated as
a child. It’s just plain sad to watch…I didn’t know what to say…but I
think I made it very clear my dislike of that-kind-of-language—it crosses a
line into verbal-abuse and abuse left unnoticed goes untreated…”
“Because if you come right out and say, ‘what you are doing is emotionally
abusing your pet’, she will deny it.”
“Yep! Then come the excuses…I know, I’ve heard it before. I had to walk
away…and such a sweet puppy! Playful and affectionate. I dont blame the
puppy for ‘not listening’ and how can I blame the girl?”
The Friend looked down thoughtfully and then spoke up,
“There must be a kind-way to let people see the harm their words and actions
cause others; let them know (without a confrontation):
Your words are crossing a line into verbal abuse territory and I would
appreciate if you took three steps back and a deep breath in.
You know…help them to break the cycle.
Better for them, better for everybody!
So ok, back to your story—what happened next?”
So he said to me:
“Then how about we
to each other
and that will
“Brilliant!” (disbelieving-laughter from the Friend)
“You aren’t angry?”
“No, I’m not angry. Disappointed yes. But angry?
(It’s not like the first time
I’ve opened my heart
to someone only
to have it broken.
But that was many years ago…
Today. I. Am. Strong.)
And if he were standing in front of me right now I would say,
‘What kind of a fool-of-a-man disrespects another man’s wife?
Do you not see you disrespect us both?’
But until that day comes,
I’m not holding my breath—
I have a family to care for and a home to keep.”
“Amen to that!” Said the Friend. “Is there more tea?”