Valentanniversaire

No longer are we
simply celebrating
a day of chocolate

lollipops and foil wrapped
hearts – now we will
celebrate the birthdays

of snuggles (a lamb
and a puppy), born
last Valentine’s morning.

Tomorrow they turn one,
they say, And will
you bake a cake?

After an already
too late evening
of homemade cards

and too much chocolate,
and all this perfect love
and tears (and too much

chocolate), and the truth
that we are all okay
after all of the changes,

the deep down knowing
in the calm,
and in the sweetness,

in the long hugs goodnight
before the drifting off
to dream – I can

pretty much guarantee
I will be baking
a cake.

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