Liz Garton Scanlon (liz_scanlon) wrote,
Liz Garton Scanlon

Poetry Friday -- Friends

Recently, one of my mama friends told me about a conversation she'd had with her daughter. 
They'd discussed why we're all attracted to different people and, in particular, what characteristics they truly treasured about their individual best buds.

I was inspired.

So, yesterday evening, my small one and I walked the dog and chatted.

Isn't it funny, I said, how in this whole wide world full of people we all, magically, find these certain folk to be our friends?

, she said, I've got a lot of friends. And it went from there. 

I discovered that she really likes people who are kind and funny. 
Bottom line. 
Not actually all that different from my bottom line.
I mean, if you can't have a laugh now and again, life's going to be a long slog.

And speaking of funny.
Here's my favorite moment from our conversation:

Well, I think my favorite thing about C. is how nice she is.

I agree, honey. She is really a kind, good person.

Yeah, like one time I almost killed her hermit crab, Mama. I dropped it between two seats in the car and it could have gotten crushed or cut in half. It almost did. And C. wasn't even that mad. 

, I said.

Yeah, she said. Especially when the hermit crab wasn't really killed.

Right, I said.
That is really nice, I said. 

(Hard to know how else to respond to all that.)

So today, in honor of all the quirky and peculiar little intimacies and reasons we have for pairing up with who we do, here's a little ditty by Richard Brautigan. Happy Friday, friends...

Your Catfish Friend  
by Richard Brautigan

If I were to live my life 

in catfish forms
in scaffolds of skin and whiskers
at the bottom of a pond
and you were to come by
one evening
when the moon was shining
down into my dark home

Read the rest here...

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