I Knew

I knew a boy who liked to draw. He drew pictures that nobody saw.

I knew a girl. Her name was Truth. She was a horrible liar.

I knew an old lady who swallowed a fly. I don’t know why she swallowed the fly, I guess she’ll die.

I knew every raindrop by its name. I sensed everything before it happened.

I knew exactly what love looks like—in seventh grade. Even though I hadn’t met love yet, if love had wandered into my homeroom, I would’ve recognized him at first glance.

I knew exactly what to do but in a much more real sense I had no idea what to do.

I knew I belonged to the public and to the world, not because I was talented or even beautiful, but because I had never belonged to anything or anyone else.

I knew I didn’t see what you thought you saw in me. I jumped the gun—so sure you’d split and run. Ready for the worst before the damage was done.

I knew I had to leave the world behind me to find out who I was. I knew that love would never search for me; I had to search for it.

I knew I loved you when I farted and you didn’t run away.

I knew I matured when I realized every situation doesn’t need a reaction. I just accept shit for what it is, learn from it and move on.

I knew I needed you the first time you were gone.

I knew I was in love when all those stupid love songs started making sense.

I knew love before I left my nursery. Left alone with big fat Fanny. She was such a naughty nanny.

I knew no good would come from city folk and their flying machines!

I knew nothing about love. She knew everything.

I knew nothing but shadows and I thought them to be real.

I knew nothing of romance but it was love at second sight. I swear when I grow up I won’t just buy you a rose. I will buy the flower shop, and you will never be lonely.

I knew oh, I knew you’ve got green eyes. I feel oh, I feel the way it was when we were compromised.

I knew something was going to happen before it did.

I knew that I found a home for my heart beats fast. Colors and promises how to be brave. How can I love when I’m afraid to fall? But watching you stand alone all of my doubt suddenly goes away somehow.

I knew the bride when she used to rock and roll.

I knew the dog before it came to class.

I knew the second I met you that there was something about you I needed. Turns out it wasn’t something about you at all. It was just you.

I knew this day would come oh, but we sure gave love a whirl. Now the age that made no difference makes all the difference in the world but i can’t hold back the seasons. I curse the rising sun. I already know your reasons for i knew this day would come.

I knew when I met you an adventure was going to happen.

I knew who I was this morning but I’ve changed a few times since then.

I knew you were trouble when you walked in. So shame on me now, flew me to places I’d never been. Till you put me down.

—Mark Dimaisip

note: a little experiment with Google Search. Can you identify where they were lifted from?