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‘If You Know Her’ by Kwame Dawes


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Posted 14 May 2013 - 09:47 AM

If you know your woman, know her rhythms,
know her ways; if you paying attention
to her all these years, you will know
how she comes and goes, how she slips
away even though she is standing in
the same place, you will know that her
world is drifting softly from you, and she
may not mean it, because all it is
is she is scared to be everything, scared
to be finding herself in you every time,
scared that one day she will ask herself,
all forty-plenty years of her, where
shes been; if you know your woman,
you will know that mostly she will
come back, but sometimes, when she
drifts like this, something can make her
slip; and then coming back is hard.
If you know your woman, you can
tell by the way she puts on heels,
and she does not sashay for you
because it is not about youhow
she will buy some leather boots
and not say a word about it,
and you only see it when she walks
in one night, and she says shes had
them forever; you will see the way
she loses the weight and pretend
its nothing, but when she isnt seeing you
looking, you can see how she
faces the mirror
lifts her chest to catch a profile,
and how she casually looks at her
ass for signs of life. If you know
your woman, when you are gone, she
will find things to do, like walk
alone, go see a movie, find a park,
collect her secrets and you wont know,
because she is looking for herself.
And she wont tell you that she wants
to hear what idle men say when she
walks by them; because what you say
is not enough. If you know your
woman, you know when shes going
away and you will feel the big
hole of your love, and you cant
tell why shes listening and humming
to tunes you did not know she heard
before, and she will laugh softly
at nothing at all. If you know your
woman, you will see how she comes
and goes, and all you can do is wait
and pray she will come back to you,
because you know that your sins
are enough for her to leave and not return.

Kwame Dawes (Source: The Wall Street Journal)

source http://blogs.wsj.com...by-kwame-dawes/

Edited by Bula Matali, 14 May 2013 - 09:57 AM.

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