Joined at the Heart
What greater earthly good is there for two human souls,
Than to feel that they are joined for life?
You Can be Yourself
A friend is a person with whom you dare to be yourself. Your soul can go naked with her. She seems to ask of you that you put on nothing only to be what you are. She does not want you to be better or worse.
When you are with her you feel as a prisoner feels who has been declared innocent. You do not have to be on your guard. You can say what you think as long as it is genuinely you. She understands those contradictions in your nature that lead others to misjudge you.
With her you breathe free. You can take off your shoes and loosen your belt. You can avow your little vanities and envies and hates and vicious sparks, your meanness and absurdities, and in opening them up to her they are lost, dissolved on the white ocean of her loyalties. She understands. You do not have to be careful.
You can abuse her, neglect her, tolerate her. Best of all you can keep still with her. It makes no matter. She is like fire that purges all you do. She is like water that cleanses all that you say. She is like wine that warms you to the bone. She understands.
You can weep with her , laugh with her, pray with her. Through and underneath it all she knows, and loves you.
A friend is one with whom you dare to be yourself.