Poetic License: ‘Please, Not Another Valentine’
(As told and told to Joe Pacheco)
Please, not another valentine,
Unload the dishwasher instead.
Tell the muse to pick up your shoes,
And let her help you make the bed.
Don’t profess your love in rhyme,
Just prepare the recycle bins,
Such a chore can’t be a bore
If that’s how second love begins.
Forget the dinner and the dance,
Pick up that clothing on the floor.
Diamonds and gems, roses with stems
Simply won’t hack it anymore.
One Valentine’s Day we made a wish:
“Always together whatever comes.”
Today I wish you’d rinse your dish
And clear the table of its crumbs.
The only time you’ve ever vacuumed
Is still fresh in my mind:
You left no trace of the broken vase
That once contained my valentine.
No need for heart-shaped I-Pods,
Or other gifts to buy online.
Make less of a mess, ease my stress –
Then I will be your Valentine.