Remember the Valentine Box –
ribbons, red foil, paper doilies?
One of the sins committed
by well-intentioned teachers,
bringing dread each February
to two groups of kids:

those too poor to buy any cards
and the unpopular ones
who received no valentines –
except for the ones sent
by the teacher and by someone
who bought them for everyone.

This, then, is a valentine
for all who were forgotten,
now or any other year.
To those for whom the box was empty –
sorry: I couldn’t afford to mail
a card to everyone.



  1. even worse than nothing was a homemade valentine!

  2. Shirley Ravich · · Reply

    Do we still acknowledge Valentine’s Day? s

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