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February 14th

It is the first year

That I will be experiencing Valentine’s day

 

Last year

And just about every year before that

 

Valentine’s day was filled with everything

But love

 

First grade

Instead of eating candy

And gossiping about crushes

 

I was hoping

 

Hoping that maybe this year

My dad will be my Valentine

 

But what was love to me

When there was distance

 

Freshman year

High school

Instead of getting roses

In first period

 

I wore the sweater my mom bought me

 

But I did not feel love

For money was too tight

To get joy out of a sweater that should have brought me smiles

 

Instead I felt guilt

Because I knew

There was another love trying to be made

 

Freshman year

College

Valentine’s Day was spent with empty bottles

Hoping that those bottles would turn into a boy

That would fill me with love

 

I was always

Looking for love

When I should have realized that I had none for myself

 

Now

Valentine’s Day is different

 

Between my sister

Who gives me more love

Than I would have gotten from one thousand sweaters

 

Between my best friends

Who put aside their own storms

To deal with the tornadoes in my life

 

For they know those tornadoes

Can blow important parts of me away

 

Between my dad

Whose love only grows more

The more time we spend apart

The more distance between us

 

Who taught me a house is just a house

And a home is where we all are together

 

Between all the important people in my life

And in yours

 

Valentine’s day is about your significant

Other(s)

 

You are not alone on Valentine’s Day

Unless you choose to ignore

The love that Cupid

Hit you with the second you felt alone

 

For even if the people around you

Do not seem to love you

 

Remember to show yourself some

For you are the person you should admire

Every day of your life

 

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