I knew who you were before my eyes knew sight.
At the very moment from my cell-lined carriage i did alight;
I knew you, as the thorn knows its rose;
It must have been your calm…
It called to me I suppose.
I knew you, needless of any introduction
The love echo cocooning me performed that function.
Unsure of the other sounds,
I was attentively tuned to the background silence;
That which the solo of your heart beat orchestrated.
I knew you for your voice I have always heard.
Your infuriated ‘NO’ rang out when they suggested my death.
The soothing warmth of your palms, oft seeped through to me
And with each shielding came a certainty renewed-
That come what may, I’d never be torn from you.
I knew you from the start of this journey we’ve made,
In my container was the fullness of my love also contained.
And though mentally murdered in an instant
By the totality, less a few,
A tenant unwanted; your love held fast for us two.
By blows from spite bulging slander and slashes from cutting silence
You, within and without, ceaselessly were wounded.
But when you faced each of their contemptuous gazes squarely,
With what must be the firmest of spines;
That was precisely when your voice sounded most loudly.