It was the practical low heeled brown boots
that first caught my eye
my glance cast sideways so not to embarrass
the subject of my attention.
Secretly I studied her slender legs
leading up to the hem of a brown floral dress
and the crocheted cuffs of a sensible beige cardigan.
The modesty of attire surprised me.
Authors on their book launch night
are lavish and elegant
coiffured, polished and primed
but not so this lady.
I liked the understated look,
the quiet confidence of a writer
who had no need of a façade.
Her body of writing shining on its own merit
with no false vanity.
I adored this lady before she spoke a word