I know you love me

I know you love me…
When you rise before the sun
and throw the blanket over me
squeezing out a smile from your somnolent face.

I know you love me…
When you steal my cup of tea
sweeping around the brim,
trying to sip from the stamp of my lips.

I know you love me…
When you sneak out of the house
avoiding my eyes
as you hate to see me cry
and I hate to see you go too far.

I know you love me…
When your pupils dilate
and your heart begins to palpitate
the minute you hold my hands
and lock my fingers into yours.

I know you love me…
When I’m typing a poem for you
to tell you how much I love you
and then, my phone rings.
It’s you, calling to say, “I miss you”.

I know you love me…

Khadijah Sanni-Tijani

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