“I’ve been rereading your story. I think it’s about me in a way that might not be flattering, but that’s okay. We dream and dream of being seen as we really are and then finally someone looks at us and sees us truly and we fail to measure up. Anyway: story received, story included. You looked at me long enough to see something mysterioso under all the gruff and bluster. Thanks. Sometimes you get so close to someone you end up on the other side of them.”
– The Long and Short of It by Richard Siken
I love this piece and this specific paragraph. In Siken’s case, it’s probably about losing a romantic partner, but I think it applies to friendship as well.
I’ve written about losing friends extensively in the past, so there’s no need to beat this horse further. I just wanted to share one of my favorite Siken works with you all.