(This would have been better posted last month but here it is anyway, originally written on February 15, 2006)
-A blonde girl holding a Victoria’s Secret shopping bag
-An old man getting off the train holding a paper cone of flowers for his valentine
-A girl crying into her cell phone in the ladies room, trying to hide her face
-A mad dash and long lines in a sea of red at the Hallmark store
-A woman arguing on her cell in the bookstore over getting someone a gift, hanging up on him.
-Office people in scandalous scarlet attire
-An email from an old friend insisting that it’s ‘just another day’ and being relieved to be stuck at work until 11pm.
-Massive heart-shaped balloons looming over cubicles
-Street vendors selling white beat-up looking teddy bears
-A pretty young woman on the train dressed up in a black minidress with curled hair, heading for a night out on the town. I sit beside her going the opposite way.
-My phone silent save for my mom and a few caring friends
-My supervisor talking on the phone with a loved one in another language, hanging up on the person and storming out of the office in the middle of the day
-Teenage boy behind the counter at the drugstore asking if he can be my valentine
-Feeling surprisingly light-hearted myself, despite being a lonely heart
-Writing my first real heart-felt poem in years
This holiday does strange things to people.
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