Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day

Made with a little help from Martha Stewart

Pocket Poem

If this comes creased and creased again and soiled

as if I’d opened it a thousand times

to see if what I’d written here was right,

it’s all because I looked too long for you

to put in your pocket. Midnight says

the little gifts of loneliness come wrapped

by nervous fingers. What I wanted this

to say was that I want to be so close

that when you find it, it is warm from me.

– Ted Kooser*

If you look close you can see his budding tooth
Noel's Valentine's Day welcome party
*Ted Kooser, former poet laureate, has a tradition of writing a poem every Valentine’s Day. A couple of them were featured here on NPR two years ago.

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