v-day lament

A Cup of Valentine Cheer
by Kate Geiger

Have another drink!
Every sign in every bar
Boasts discount drink specials
And old candy hearts.
Inviting reluctant singles
And those unlucky at love
To mingle and merge,
And turn on the charm
In hopes of bringing home a cup of regret and shame
To wash down stale pink-frosted cookies the morning after.
“Be mine!” they beg.
“Forever and always,
Yours truly,
Scratch that.
Drink up,
Buy in,
Sell out.
Good morning,
And welcome to your most expensive holiday.
The only day you will sell your soul
For a hand to hold.
So here’s to empty promises,
Mornings after
And meaningless rhymes
Scratched across cheap greeting cards.
Raise a glass
And toast the empty cynicism
Of February 14.

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