Up Not Off A poem

Up Not Off

  it’s not about—it’s not
about gift-wrapped boxes, surprise
visits or (odious phrase!) quality time

love isn’t the icing and it
isn’t even the cake
it is the hours: the mixing, the kneading
the waiting, the tender refusal to share
another slice before dinner

it’s not contained—it’s not
in remark­able deeds, excep­tional
days (quite the contrary!) or esteem

love is not extracur­ric­ular
showing it is simply showing up
it’s the silent atten­tion that becomes
conver­sa­tion: nothing more, and certainly
nothing less

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Image credit: Daria-Yakovleva (adapted from source)

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