Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Valentine, unedited


Card board heart with
chocolate filling, a smaller
heart inside a larger;
comic and bounded with
scarlet sometimes paper
lace embraces it.

once there were FireMice
hosing a blazing organ,
another time Bambi and
his lady fair or maybe
it was Thumper and a
pretty bunny. Once,
I had moved and the heart
found me a month late.

another time it went
to the wrong address.
she was already sick then,
becoming forgetful.
not long after, they stopped
coming at all.

I keep old coins in one,
shells in another; once-rancid
clams from Assiniboine.
There are Kinder Toys in a third,
photos stored in a fourth, though
they don't fit all that well.

one has Shrinky-Dinks,
one has orphaned lego-men
missing hats or hands or
faces rubbed off.
Addresses on slips of paper
from long lost pen-pals,
voices I never saw.

in one I keep a locket
and a ring. the lid is lost,
the box lies open.

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