Today, I will not write about love

I will not write about love today, because today is not a day to write about love as much as today is a day to love love. Roses by the dozens and balloons that will deflate and candy leftover from last year and teddy bears with claws for toes and shiny plastic cards with red hearts and cartoon characters left in brown paper bags on school desks. I will not write about love today, but I will write about

  • Purple couches and croquet sets
  • Fire and life incarnate; women we never knew; and women cocooned within Jamaica Bay
  • Quests for which aid must be sought
  • Mythology and fairy tales and tattoos
  • Paris and apples and wings of dust and web
  • Books made of gold and straw made of paper
  • Train rides that go on forever when you’re four
  • Playgrounds and aquariums and hunting seal girls, though not polar bears; we’ve looked
  • Steel structures and pits filled with balls
  • Cheese, grilled; made with macaroni; on plates; and slice-scraped
  • Photo booth photos and trading tokens for tickets
  • Four clocks of thirteen, take away five
  • Words in cards in envelopes already sealed
  • Promises and tree houses and Hawaii

I will not write about love today because today is not our Valentine’s Day, because our Valentine’s Day comes in October, not in February. And on our Valentine’s Day, we will dance with Jack and Sally and Jared and Sarah and Bruce and Selina.

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