Working out The Pattern

She was good at Arithmetic
adding two and two and coming up with five,
one and one make two, one and two make three,
she could knit an answer
as she silently watched the furtive permutations.
Needles clicking would pick up a secret smile.
A hungry kiss in a lingering eye,
caught in a pattern of Cable Stitch
Knitting two together she always knew
which stitch had dropped to make a different pair.
Her knitting was perfect, her Arithmetic perfectly correct.

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