Because I am a fool for love, I can't resist starting a Valentine Day Group challenge, or contest, or somesuch thing.
This is our 3rd V-Day group and we'll play here for a week, until next Monday. How's that? Then Meg Tuite & I will announce the chapbook winner!
I'm not sure if my heart is breaking
Like an aged lovesick romantic with a faulty beat,
I sense a valve needs replacing
But only after the main artery has been sutured and made whole
By a seasoned and skilled Midwest surgeon in a lambskin trench coat -
Who's weathered more storms than I care to admit - Nor she cares to remember.
I'm not sure if our fights are petty
Like misguided missiles
Launched by allied nations
We feud over coveted territory.
Like unconscionable instruments of war,
We cause immeasurable pain -
Then pat the pillows and dim the lights -
With no resolution or gain in sight.
I'm not sure if this map is useless
Like petulant teens
Wandering with great intention
Through the wooded indifference of nature's instructive and destructive path,
We snicker, and then sulk -
Pouring another forbidden nightcap to forget troubles -
Depressed at the thought of losing our way.
I'm not sure if this poem is perfect
A sham, a shamble
Or rather memorable (and possibly frameable with a lifetime guarantee).
I'm not sure if this road is paved
Like a traffic signal whose fuse has stopped connecting,
Making red lights green lights yellow lights no lights,
Causing all sorts of havoc and unplanned detours
For two drivers unaccustomed to making spot decisions
Without being told what to do, when to act - how to feel -
I write with the stumbling grace of art's redemption
And the hope of your forgiveness.
Dan, it's a stunning poem. Post it to f'naut and then group it over here where it will go into the main line-up. Thanks for sending and joining! susan
Thanks for the positive response - and coaching. Forgive the rookie mistake. I'll look to do what you say.
Dan, no mistake-- and it's thrilling to hear a man say he will do what I say! Say it again, please.. please..
Ha! I have done what you said, Susan. I am now free from your spell. Until another order.
Dan, you did as I said. I'm sorry you are free from my spell. I cast very strong spells. Be cautious...
Once I knew a man who ignored my spell and he is still trying to get the croak out of his voice (he was once a baritone). Pity..
I'll just observe from the sidelines. I am a proud owner of Meg's chap already. It's great stuff!
Thanks Susan for including me in this neat group!
Joani Reese, I would never want you on the sidelines of anything!!! I will pull you and myself out of the contest part (winner chosen based on a bizarre mathematical calculation that will prove that random is random).
Matthew, Love having you here! We are a cool group!
Group Image: "The Heart Of Madness" by Salvador Dali
Stories & Poems for Valentine Day and the Valentine Week~
VALENTINE WEEK CONTEST!!!
A *SECRET NUMERICAL EQUATION* (that will be posted after the winner is announced) (that will prove definitively that random is random) will be our way of choosing our winner. The "winner" will receive a gift of Meg Tuite's Fabulous New Chapbook "Disparate Pathos" just published by Monkey Puzzle Press!!!
Meg will personally inscribe her chapbook and she'll also write you a wild little love poem!
How is that for a lot of Valentine Love!
Send your most potent stories & poems.........