after thirteen years of
i picked this for you
made this for you
let’s see that thing
or try this together
and make something new
our valentine’s day looks like all the other days of
sharing snuggles
while playing adventure games
and laughing at inside jokes
over homemade snacks
with hearts obnoxiously full
of a love
that only we could create

in the stale stillness of winter
she stumbles upon an unexpected explosion
of magic and wonder
where these twinkling pearls of energy
string together a brilliant cacophony of wowment
and vibrantly paint the world in golden light
she is in awe
by this raw power
that flows around and through her
breathing in the dazzling discovery of electrifying elation

hidden defects
and moments
that explode in vibrancy
these unseen energies
locked tightly away
inside this organic creature
that would benefit from a color-coded alert system
green meaning healing but present
red danger lurking
and fuchsia for the fantastic
but alas
our bodies missed the colorful upgrade
and must endure these invisible injuries
with an imaginative sense of wonderment

in a monotone forest
hushed by january’s signature blanket
stands a lone female
whose feathers crystalize
in wintry wind chills
beak rosy with cold
and her talons bitten by frost
in these spirit dampening conditions
she is frozen
transfixed in sunsetting light
but defiant
thawing in this snowy scene
a pink-winged beauty
determined to embark on a frosty flight