valentine’s day 2002

tinsel red heart in death for sale
odd february longing and stop
how the earth spinning still
the graveyard purchase
the rattling box of chocolate
the love vow sliding past plastic
where immortals munch on the mulch
of grafted hope
cupids and cards and guady
two dimensional
hearts
refuse to transmogrify
what’s dead is dead is dead
just wrap it in cellophane
and add it to your cart

wendy shaffer

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