An Unlikely Valentine

by Glenn Currier

"Not to be sarcastic or anything
but thanks for fixing ME something to eat!"

I pause - you know - one of those pregnant ones
full of tiny footsteps -
verging fulminations.
Excuses that won't sound as defensive
as the lattice fortress
I am erecting.
I am packing,
to an evergreen island
without the host of tiny
entanglements in this moment
of returning
with my bowl of soup.

Later in Hallmark crimson
I find the card,
the misty hint of tears
tickles my eyes.
It had to be written by someone
aged and smoked
in the poignant coalescence
of opposites
in an old love.

Waiting in the checkout line
I lean over to smell the roses
anticipating a letdown.
But suddenly I am cast
into the green waves
beyond Carmel.
Strains of McKuen and sandpipers
luxury of hair
moist lips
and the burgundy aroma
of my love.


Posted on 02/12/2011
Copyright © 2020 Glenn Currier

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by George Hoerner on 02/13/11 at 01:00 AM

I love this Glenn. You have a really good one here!

Posted by Clara Mae Gregory on 02/13/11 at 06:51 AM

Glenn,this is superb...and 4 me, 1 of your best works. (even though I don't like to think about V day)

Posted by Paul Lastovica on 02/14/11 at 01:39 AM

"aged and smoked in the poignant coalescence of opposites" that really hits home. My wife and are going on our 3rd year of marriage, 8 years together overall - there's a great deal of truth in that old saying. But it's even better when opposities come together at just the right angle to join indefinitely.

Posted by Charlie Morgan on 02/14/11 at 04:04 PM

...where u been keeping this, under your bed, away in a drawer...quit it! i say and like Joe David's quit...nuf said.

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 02/19/11 at 02:24 AM

This poem speaks and feels of love and acceptance, the basis of any lasting relationship.

Posted by Joe David on 02/24/11 at 05:11 AM

aged and smoked. indeed. Strains of McKuen and sandpipers - just is just great writing. It is so evocative, so poignant. i am so familiar with the experience and jealous that i could not say it so well. very well done.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 03/01/11 at 04:31 PM

This starts with such a jolt, and yet, by the end, the strengths of this relationship are very clear. I enjoyed the pause with tiny footsteps, the evergreen island, the Hallmark crimson, definitely the "someone aged and smoked", and of course the "burgundy aroma of my love". Thank you.

Posted by Morgan D Hafele on 03/03/11 at 06:27 PM

i guess who ever said we need time to stop and smell the roses was right!

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 03/09/11 at 05:37 PM

Very nicely stated Glenn. A little make up sex in addition to the card really helps also. :o)

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