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Monday, September 22, 2008

Quote of the Day

"Just when you think you have her all figured out, out of left-field comes a bolt of lightning that sends you reeling and questioning everything you ever thought you knew about the same sex. In any relationship, each partner shines the light on the road when the road is dark, as well as holds the mirror for the other to see their true reflection."

-Emily Wilcox


Suzi said...

I like this quote. As grounded as it is in the idea of (possibly unpleasant) relationship surprises, it reminded me of this favorite prose poem by Mary Oliver, about her life partner Molly Malone Cook:

The Whistler

All of a sudden she began to whistle By all of a sudden I mean that for more than thirty years she had not whistled. It was thrilling. At first I wondered, who was in the house, what stranger? I was upstairs reading, and she was downstairs. As from the throat of a wild and cheerful bird, not caught but visiting, the sounds warbled and slid and doubled back and larked and soared.

Finally I said, Is that you whistling? Yes, she said, I used to whistle, a long time ago. Now I see I can still whistle. And cadence after cadence she strolled through the house, whistling.

I know her so well, I think, I thought. Elbow and ankle. Mood and desire. Anguish and frolic. Anger too. And the devotions. And for all that, do we even begin to know each other? Who is this I’ve been living with for thirty years?

This clear, dark, lovely whistler?

girl2grl said...

Your right, that beautiful prose poem really does say it all...

But I wonder sometimes, how can someone else really know us when many of us don't even know ourselves?

I realize I am learning more and more about myself everyday...what I am capable of, what I can endure, what I can manifest. Perhaps these things have always been there, laying dorment inside of me, and for some reason, at this point in my life's journey, I am awakening them into existence...


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