VALENTINE’S DAY ECHOI do remember Valentines in the first grade,
writing my name on heart-messages made
on cards with a colorful fun and silly picture,
plus a red apple for a teacher in the mixture.
That day, I felt like a pirate enjoying treasure,
reading cards over and over—sweet pleasure.
Now dreams shuffle a deck—Valentine hearts
replay you, you, and you—as the past restarts.
Memories, soft whisper—heart-stopping kisses.
Game of love—some are hits, most were misses.
Waking starry-eyed, dream kisses are a sweet way
to turn chocolate-colored nights into Valentine’s Day.
April Ryan is a retired Seattle bus driver with a wonderful memory, an interesting life, and a second career as a prolific writer, often published in Northwest Prime Time, among other places.
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