A Modern Valentine

Someone gave me a challenge the other day. Don’t write about love and romance. Show another side of you. But it was Saint Valentine’s Day. I failed.



A Modern Valentine


Roses are red

Like the blood of my heart

Like the lies on our lips

Like the stain of your kiss.


Violets are blue

Like the mould on spoiled food

Like the way we felt

When we knew it wasn’t true.


You held my heart

Like a hostage against the dark

Like a caged bird in the park

I was just a walk-on part.


Be my Valentine

And I’ll be yours

It could be worse

We’ve both been around for a while.




It’s not catchy. And you can’t dance to it.

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