A touch on the face, after
A fleeting kiss, a smile
Speak more of love than the hurly burly that went before
However fine

A brushing back of hair at the temples
A laugh, or sometimes a tear
Signal that the meeting of bodies just past
May be more

Love may be prepared over months or minutes
With care or thoughtlessly
And it may be forged in the heat of skin on skin
But is after, in the cooling time
That love is proved