The Aftermath of Cupid, In Haiku

She loved at first sight.

He, appalled by her reading

of Henry V,

Resolved to correct.

Somehow ended up married.

She still reads it wrong.

Eight years later.

Sienna, home sick

Valentines on the counter

she sits forlornly.

Dozens of cookies

intended for first-graders

Lenten temptation.

A new dress from Dad

for the father-daughter dance

hangs in her closet.

Dance is tomorrow.

She checks her temperature

every five minutes.

Contingency plans

meager. Elementary

heartbreak is a thing.

“Fool-proof solution:

chocolate and a movie”.

Not for her. Helpless.


A baby, wailing.

A daughter, devastated.

Two toddlers fighting.


only because these days it

is ordinary.

On the other hand

Roses from an Ogre are


And Lent or no Lent,

these cookies are delicious.

Thank God for mercy.

Happy Valentine’s Day!





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