Monday, February 14, 2011

a child’s game

following Christmas vacation
our anticipation gradually builds
until the list is distributed
into our greedy hands

on a perfect white sheet
ditto, blue ink
the letters seem to melt,
fat and fading

I beg my mom to
take me to the store
to get the best cards
hoping for a comic favorite

socialism rules
it is a sum zero project
everybody gets one
enemies and friends

cards slip stealthily into
handmade, oversized pouches
covered in red, pink and white
taped to our desks

when the day arrives,
we watch the clock in agony
silently willing for time to pick up the pace,
for the party to begin

each year brings
a subtle awareness
that this is more than
a child’s game


  1. I love this poem. You captured perfectly the valentine party we all used to have in grammar school. I could even smell the elmer's glue holding the white doily to my pink and red paper pouch.

  2. i was thinking of my days at Lynch View. i remember you went to Centennial, but not sure where you went to elementary school.