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A Rusty Truck Valentine’s Day

Posted in Bradley Mason Hamlin, Dianne Borsenik, F.N. Wright, Father Luke, Rebecca Schumejda, Scot Young, Todd Moore, valentines anthology with tags , on February 14, 2010 by Scot

Valentine’s Day

Cable network runs The Godfather movies
back-to-back on Valentine’s Day for men like
Mikey Meatballs and Bobby-Balls-In-Hand,
who spent the day playing straight pool
and quoting lines in unison:
“You sonofabitch, do you know who I am?
I’m Moe Greene! I made my bones
when you were going out with cheerleaders.”

Last night, in bed, my husband warned me
that Valentine’s Day is a synthetic holiday
placed between Christmas and Easter
to boost the economy.

As Bobby’s about to run out the table,
I lean into the counter, trying to be original,
press my pen against a ninety-nine cent card
but am distracted, like Bobby is,
by Mikey belching the alphabet.

I salvage a crooked arrow piercing a lopsided heart,
but Bobby can’t take back a scratch.

–Rebecca Schumejda

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