Not knowing the difference between
love and knowledge, she collected
the sayings of people, the movement of
their limbs, the rise, pitch and crescendo
of their voices in laughter, and the way it differed
She listened to the loud, brash
tenderness with which they speak to a mother,
and the mumbled words of affection to a lover.
She observed the determined selection of an
earring to place into a pierced lobe, and quiet
evenings, under duvets, nose in a book
bowed in prayer to the words.
These gathered fragments of living, were knowledge
built into love. And so, knowing the they like tea,
coffee and eggs in the morning. Knowing how
to make them smile, then start the tongue rolling
in passionate conversation. Means that she loves well.