A man with his arm around his bride's shoulder at their wedding

Perfect Couple

Once, in the belly of a fight
that would linger for months,
a stranger walked up
to us at a wedding.

You are the perfect couple she said,
referencing the way we
moved together around the dance floor.

I was often guilty of this too,
of seeing a s
tring and weaving a tapestry.
Of believing 
I was observing
a perfect couple, person, 
life.
Of forgetting to notice the roots and
rocky soil beneath the surface. 

Next time you catch a glimpse of someone’s
flawless home or family photo,
remember 
that you are witnessing
a flower bloom 
amidst muddy earth.
You are looking at one
beautiful corner of a patchwork quilt.

Image via Raisa Zwart Photography

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