VALENTINES

valentine

VALENTINE

My love stirs

in the breeze

like paper

hearts

 

strung along

the ceiling

of the stationery

store.

 

My love’s

a lacy

heart

packed

 

with neat

rows

of extravagant

treats.

 

Accept my heart—

and bite

the crisp

exterior

 

to reach

the marshmallow

beating

inside.

 

 

VALENTINE BOX

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.

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