What not to give as a Valentine, according to my father

Never a pair of shoes—
that’s like kicking
your love.
If you must,
or if she asks you anyway,
stuff some money bills
in each toe box.

Not lingerie—
perhaps because 20
years her senior,
even after 15 years
of marriage, he never
really got it right.

Not a vacuum cleaner—
especially not after
the Electrolux salesman
who knocked at the door
offered a demo for (he
assumed) his daughter.


In response to Via Negativa: February idyll.

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