Valentine’s Day Poem, Poetry by Elizabeth Miller

Genres: love, nostalgia, relationships, romantic


“Valentine’s Day Poem”

by Elizabeth Miller


Pale pinks and lavenders

Glitter pens and stumpy Crayola markers


I used to make valentines for everyone I knew,

clumsily cutting construction paper hearts

I don’t remember exactly when I stopped making them.


You get a clumsily-cut poem instead,

a side effect of growing up


I could never cut you a heart from paper

and fill it with gaudy glitter glue

or scallop the edges with specialty scissors


I could never because

I can’t bear the thought of anything resembling scissors

nearing anything resembling your heart


I could never


So I cut you poems instead,

embellished with words instead of sparkles


I could write them with Crayola markers

if you’d like



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