Standing across from you,
our eyes meet in perfect alignment.
Matching height and no slanting angle,
pupil to pupil, iris to iris.
You see to my soul, I to yours.
How is it we came to stand
with such perfect symmetry?
How is it the space between us
contains a chasm so deep?
"The Importance of Symmetry" by Charlie Ritch. Published in Birmingham Arts Journal, Vol. 10, Issue 4 (2014). © Charlie Ritch.
Photography credit: Untitled image by Reuters/Jaime Saldarriaga. "A close-up photo taken on March 23, 2011, shows the eyes of a chimpanzee at the Villa Lorena animal refuge center in Cali, Colombia" (originally color).