A Perfect Match

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“Such a cute couple!”  “They are so good together!”  I have heard these and other phrases so often about couples, young and old.  But what does it take to make a perfect match?  “Opposites attract,” says the cliche, though I’m not sure I believe it.  It is that we admire in our partners what we lack, or do we feel more comfortable with someone similar to us in personality and demeanor?  In this poem I explore two sides of a relationship that differ and yet complement.  I admit to tending more toward the second half of each couplet, though the poem is not (necessarily) autobiographical.  What are your opinions about what makes the perfect match?  Let me know by leaving your comment!

A PERFECT MATCH

impulsive
deliberate

spontaneous
self-conscious

hopeful
fearful

self-possessed
over-shoulder-watching

free-thinking
conforming

curious
contemplative

ebullient
restrained

giggling
steady now

disciplined
falling off the wagon

fun-loving
nose to the grindstone

inclined toward cheerfulness
tending to be sad

star-gazing
spot-scrubbing

bibber
tee-totaler

go to hell
I’m sorry

let’s go!
we’re late

bratwurst
sauerkraut

pedal to the floor
foot on the break

effusive
reserved:

beautifully broken

secretly afraid:

a perfect match

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8 thoughts on “A Perfect Match

  1. Lynette

    My last relationship ended in March and he was someone I had more in common with than any relationship I have ever been in. I believe being so much alike was one of the keys to us falling in love so quickly, but it certainly wasn’t enough to keep us together. I learned a great deal from the relationship and one of the things I learned is that while it’s important to have shared interests and at least pleasing-to-each-other temperaments, it’s even more important to have a similar viewpoint of the world and be on a similar path. However, if both people are too much alike, then nothing new is brought to the relationship. I believe the best relationships are when each person’s world is much larger because of what the other person brings to the relationship….you balance each other in the best possible way and inspire each other to be the best version of yourself.

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    1. Roger Baker-Utah Post author

      Wonderful comment. And so true. Thank you so much. I don’t know if I know the answer to my own question anymore. My own relationship of 27 years ended last year. How do you start over from that? Not sure I will. Time will tell. Thanks again!

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