valentine’s day

knows nothing of sainthood
but has certainly done its share
for the not-so-worthy cause
of walmartyrdom

retail monstrosity
frilly lace lie
this magical thinking
proof women
will never be liberated

put on another layer of paint
to cover up the lack of soul

fire breathing soccer mom
jewelry store godzilla
you keep pandora’s evil
in your needy satin box

bedazzle his psyche with stipulations
blame him for your father leaving
as you demand a luxury car

you’re not thinking about the diamonds anyway

instead mind wandering
wondering if the younger woman at the next table
shines brighter to him than you

let’s skip dessert

and draw up some papers

there will be
a ton of discount chocolate

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