ed markowski | valentine’s day

14 02 2010

Valentine's Day  By Ed Markowski      On her nightstand beside the ice bucket      beside her bra beside my Wranglers behind      her blouse behind my t-shirt behind her      skirt behind our picture between her pills      & my bottle between her bed & bedroom      window between Detroit & Chicago between      her legs & mine between the Moon & Mars      in a sky of hot red wax the remnants of      two moths.

kate light | you must accept

2 12 2007


Poetry Dispatch No.156 | February 14, 2007

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY (I think) Norbert Blei


You Must Accept by Kate Light

You must accept that’s who he really is.
You must accept you cannot be his
unless he is yours. No compromise.
He is a canvas on which paint never dries;
a clay that never sets, steel that bends
in a breeze, a melody that when it ends
no one can whistle. He is not who
you thought. He’s not. He is a shoe
that walks away: “I will not go where you
want to go.” “Why, then, are you a shoe?”
“I’m not. I have the sole of a lover
but don’t know what love is.” “Discover
it, then.” “Will I have to go where you go?”
“Sometimes.” “Be patient with you?” “Yes.” “Then, no.”
You have to hear what he is telling you
and see what he is; how it is killing you.

from Gravity’s Dream: New Poems and Sonnets.