I know it’s Valentine’s Day

A Christian throwback

To a Roman party

Whips and wolves

Reduced to discount chocolates 

Cards compete

In the cheese wars;

Drawers renewed

With lingerie that

Doesn’t fit.

I know it makes no sense

This consumerist cock up

Of religious fervour

Spend lend bend

Your will to the masses

But something pulls

Me to tell you

Happy Valentine’s Day

May these arms never leave

May your chest never heave

With sorrow I cause

Pause a while in this moment

Drink tea with me

Stroke the cat

(Not a euphemism 

Really)

Seal our love

With a sideways kiss

Avoiding my cold sore 

Slight nose bump

Stubble on my cheek.

No, never perfect;

Better than.

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