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Opposites


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She had a friend.

Our ages were different.  Our nationalities were different.  She was thirty-something;


I was fifty-something.  She was from India; I was from America.  I was male; she was


female.  You know what they say about opposites. 1 comment



The first time I saw her she was coloring in a coloring book.  I thought that this

seemed rather childish.  “For you,” she stated handing me her fresh art work.  “Why


don’t you join me?”



“I’m not much for coloring, but I’ll draw you a picture.”  I sat down at the table


with her and quickly drew a sky full of crows with a large skull in the foreground.


It was staring outward---head-on.  She took the finished drawing from my hand as I


offered it to her. 1 comment



“How spiritual,” she observed.



“Funny.  I didn’t mean it to be spiritual,” I thought.



“Why do you open yourself to me?” I asked.  She took up a pencil and started drawing


on a blank sheet of paper.  I could soon see that she was an accomplished artist.



“The gossip is that you were noisy and violent last night.”



“All the more reason to stay away from me,” I replied.



“I like to make up my own mind about who will be my friend.  I think I am a good judge


of character.”


  
I swelled.  The compliment had its desired effect.



She handed me her drawing.  “What do you think?”  A single eye filled the whole sheet


of paper.  It had a tear spilling from it, and a small human figure was positioned in


the pupil.  It was in the process of being consumed by a raging fire.



“How spiritual,” I heard myself echoing the refrain.  "I see the pain.” 1 comment



“Most people would not see that,” she murmured.



We shared much that night, in that place for divergent souls.


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