When I want to know what Love is

September 7, 2015


When I want to know what love is

I go to Tiana's house.


Sometimes I stand up, get in my car and drive

mountain roads curling like hairbands

valleys cut through rocks and hard places

breaking into fields and skies of floating snowy peaks

then sea


But mostly I go in my heart

close my eyes and sit in the armchair in Tiana's living room

her feet up on the couch

comic books beside bare toes


She will tell me Welcome

show me her best brothers and sister in the world

ask for an elegant breakfast of eggs and muffins, but proclaim the toast "Perfect"

She will fill a page with handwriting like brass gate scrollwork

poetry, wisdom, the love of Jesus, princess rainbows, and hearts

and hearts and hearts

and hearts


When I want to remember what love is

I go to Tiana's house

and I don't have to stay long.

Sometimes just as long as a smile

a curtsy

a burst of laughter


Then I can go home, too.



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