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"For We Fortunate Few on Valentine's Day" by the Editor
For We Fortunate Few on Valentine's Day Steven Wittenberg Gordon
For we fortunate few who have found
Valentines today is but an accent
already happy life full of romantic love
for each day
for us is Valentine’s.
We lucky few know
that a lovely day is
eighty dollar long stems
more than a
candlelit dinner at that exclusive restaurant
much more than hoodie-footie pajamas.
Life can be
harsh, cold, and unrelentingly sad
but a single
glance from our Valentines
reminds us of
what is really important
and suddenly for
a moment the world falls away
leaving only we Valentines suspended in Time.
Poet's Note: There is of course a certain urgency to Valentine's Day for young lovers, the de facto "owners" of the holiday. However, I am happy to be able to count myself among the "fortunate few" de jure holiday celebrants.