Valentine’s Day: The Foolishness Must Cease, Part I of III

A VALENTINE’S DAY POEM FOR WOMEN:

“Dear Love,” by Barbara Jane Reyes

you dream in the language of dodging bullets and artillery fire.
new, sexy diagnoses have been added to the lexicon on your behalf
(“charlie don’t surf,” has also been added to the lexicon on your behalf).

in this home that is not our home, we have mutually exiled each
other. i walk down your street in the rain, and i do not call you. i
walk in the opposite direction of where i know to find you. that we
do not speak is louder than bombs.

there are times that missing you is a matter of procedure. now is
not one of those times. there are times when missing you hurts. so
it comes to this, vying for geography. there is a prayer stuck in my
throat. douse me in gasoline, my love, and strike a match. let’s see
this prayer ignite to high heaven.

A VALENTINE’S DAY POEM FOR MEN:

“Cuckoldom,” by B. J. Ward

Such conundrums
of English. I blame
my ex-wife. She
rearranged my
dictionary, or re-
taught an old story:
in this book,
if you look
for alimony,
it follows
acrimony (nothing
between). However,
contrition still
borders contrivance
(if it can be seen).
Untruth in her
troth sallowed
the language, sullied
a certain conjugation:
how she lied
as she lay with me.
Apparently her
monogamy was too
close to monotony.

Alas, after parting
with that particular
lass, I remain
a student
examining all
our words’
gradation:
how anniversary
now precedes
annihilation.

SOME QUOTES APPROPRIATE FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

“Men are like puppies…you will get attached, bring them home, and they will shit all over everything you love.” – Source Unknown

“It’s easy to cry when you realize that everyone you love will reject you or die.” – Chuck Palahniuk

“When one is in love one begins by deceiving one’s self, and one ends by deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.” – Oscar Wilde

“True love is like ghosts, which everybody talks about and few have seen.” – La Rochefoucauld

“What is love but a second-hand emotion?” — Tina Turner

“I don’t think I’ll get married again. I’ll just find a woman I don’t like and give her a house.” – Lewis Grizzard.

“If love means never having to say you’re sorry, then marriage means always having to say everything twice.” – Estelle Getty

St. Valentine’s Day Massacre

Valentine’s Day, 1929 – Seven mob members are gunned down in a Chicago garage, an incident known as the “Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre.”

A VALENTINE’S DAY BALLAD

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