Valentine’s Day

by Carlene M. Gadapee

Here we are, and it’s time to change
the calendar again, find a new month,
squared off and waiting. Do I buy you
a box of handkerchiefs or a Bruins jersey?
Should love be practical, or should it blow
the budget, buy the present that reminds us
what our hopes looked like. Correction:

look like. Hope gives us a square
to aim for, days away, to check off.
We will find ourselves squaring off
and looking forward yet again.