what everyone does, and frankly should,
want in a best friend.
when you are in a strong sense of self,
she’ll have no problem whatsoever with
sitting you down and challenging you,
forcing you to see
new ideas and new perspectives.
She’ll make you take stock of all the problems
you have power and control over,
and then she’ll ask you to take
initiative in resolving them.
And when your inner self is weak,
she’ll be gentle, speak softly,
dig you out with your own shovel,
and guide you away
from your darkest places.
She’s the kind of person
you want to tell your secrets to,
the one you want to travel with,
the one you want to be sitting beside
to catch the northern lights,
the one with whom you can feel content
when waiting out a storm.
She is the ideal partner,
both in crime and kitchen disasters.
Her giggle might as well be champagne,
but disappointment in her voice
will turn your guts to lead,
make you curl up and despise every fiber of your very existence.
Sometimes, often times,
she’ll say what you need to hear.
Other times, she’ll just watch
and hold you for as long as you may need.
I swear it’s all a quiet thing
since there’s certainly no touting of
wisdom, no lofty air,
just her bare feet planted firmly
on the ground,
(though those same feet do cause her to flutter)
and her eyes always
looking up, always meeting yours.
When all those dead poets
wrote about crazy connections
and friendships and soul mates,
I swear they mixed her essence in with the ink.
And when rough waves finally switched
to calmer seas,
the sailors gave thanks for her company they kept.
And when you find yourself
failing to sleep under obscured full moons,
she’s the voice you want whispering in your ear.
Because no matter what you face
now and in the future,
with a friend like her,
nights like these will one day be
stories told around warm fires
with even warmer spirits.
You’ll give thanks then,
when the raw wood you now must carve
into a life
maybe wasn’t as soft as you were hoping.
she was a knife,
sharp and sure,
that helped you turn it into something
worthy of admiration.
Perhaps most importantly,
above all else,
she makes you
be the same for her.