Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Charlie Ritch: "The Importance of Symmetry"

                                      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).



  1. Engaging poem! But what about the photo? Was that the author's choice or that of the person hosting the blog? The photo really forces an interpretation of the words.

    1. The photo was my choice as the project curator. It was a risky choice, I realize. However, in using this photo I didn't mean to "force an interpretation of the words," but rather enrich the realm of interpretation, to offer the suggestion that the words might illuminate a variety of relationships beyond what might first come to mind.... Thanks for your perspective! --Deep peace, PCD


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