2018 Annual Valentine. Illustration by Nathan Rice.
|If you were born unsentimental,
you might try to self-medicate
by cataloging in thought
what others know by feel:
how to pay a subtle compliment,
when to deliver a home-cooked meal,
what to write in birthday cards,
whether to smile or arch an eyebrow.
Instead, take a walk in February.
Note long grasses by the path
poking through frittered snow
like unslicked tufts of yellow hair—
observe how bare branches
of Russian olive trees
are as wild and tangled
as anyone's heart.