What Love Looked Like
"You can't understand"
Your mother told you when you asked her what love looked like,
"You can't understand what you've not felt for yourself."
"It is your lover's smile,
the way it arches upwards regally
like the gods were extra careful in creating him.
It is in the lonely nights,
the tossing and turning on an empty bed
waiting for him to come home.
It is in the heart pounding butterfly feels of the early days
and the quiet peaceful contentment of the latter days.
it is in the staying
through thick and thin;
She smiled then,
showing you her perfect dentition
save for a missing tooth
your father kicked out of her mouth