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Cutting Valentines
by Christine Boyce
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
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Poet seeks poet.

If you were my poet
you would be my guide--
you would make something vast of the universe.

Out of the vastness,
you'd gift me my mind
transfigured to a Valentine.

You'd cut the sick corners
of the pink paper
and end with a heart.

If I were your poet
I would not write much

Not while the words are bitter
and the edges rough

Instead I'd keep your briefcase on my lap,

run your errands, be the knight

with the lady's favor
and cough out a few sputters here and there,

poems that are not poems--like this--

reminders of poetry
like walking rehab after broken bones-

"It used to be so easy--have you a task for me, my lady?"

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Reviewed by Edwin Hurdle 6/28/2009
Excellent poem,I enjoy reading it,take care

Reviewed by Michelle Mead 6/27/2009
Great style- it reminds me a bit of one of my favorites, Dorothy Parker, which is HUGE as she was brilliant- like this poem is :)
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 6/25/2009
Wow! How delicately penned and so expressive in kind...

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater 6/25/2009
Sensitized to the idea of mending a broken heart by cutting out a paper heart. Cutting Valentines is significant poetry in that it solicits a pure, white lace doily to pad the saga of the heart which has played itself out the way it had to, and was destined to. The motif of the heart is cut open for perusal here, and this line is extremely powerful, "reminders of poetry like walking rehab after broken bones".

Christine, this is well-written poetry with your stamp of ownership that you posted because it cannot be cut away without leaving an obvious incision. It's therapy for mind, body and soul. Cutting Valentines was greatly worth waiting for! It's been years since you've posted here on AD and it's so good to have you back. I hope to see more of your work on these pages. This poem illustrates a relationship with another, the damage done when torn into a life behind private walls, and displayed now in a public domain. Pull out some more of these from your briefcase. Be well...


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