How I Know

How I know I love you is that
when I hear your laugh over the phone
I can see the way your mouth crinkles upward and your eyes squeeze shut
as if you were in front of me.

How I know I love you is that
when people ask me what I did this summer I want to say
“I met my soulmate.”
I want to say “I’m in love.”
I want to tell them about the way your hands belong around my waist,
about how I could do nothing but look at you for hours
and it would be the most productive I’ve been in a while.
Do you know that I would’ve stayed up all night for you last night?

I scanned the dictionary in hopes of finding a way
to describe how I really feel about you, because
how I know I love you is that
‘I love you’ isn’t enough.

How I know I love you is that
I want to buy a dog with you
and I don’t even think that’s crazy.

How I know I love you is that
when I should be writing about my plans
my dreams
my future
you’re all I can write about.

How I know I love you is that
it’s because you’re all three.

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