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February 14, 2011

A Valentine's Day poem by Susie

By Susie Duncan Sexton

Beloved melodies and lyrics which touch this heart of mine
Range from poignant to perky, yet quite often seem to align
With life’s pattern which causes despair and despicable grief --
“Waiting” hammered home – lingering -- with no promise of relief.

Critiquing Carly Simon who laments “Anticipation”
Or ignoring “September Song” -- a tune of antiquation --
“One hasn’t got time for the waiting game…as days dwindle down…
To a precious few”, a once eager smile turns into a frown.

M. LeGrand wrote, “If it takes forever, I will wait for you…”  (from THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG)
An Irish “Frenchman” contributed “Waiting for Godot”, too.
Paris, city of wine, lights and romance, INVENTING champagne--
“There we met and there we parted by the lovely river Seine.”

Valentine’s Day suffocates through promoted candies, flowers
Tossed one’s way as if holding mystical persuasive powers.
Each dark, wintry, frigid February, I typically vow
To live each moment, as if my last, in the grand here and now.

“No more waiting around, and no more browsing through TRUE ROMANCE…” (from the musical FIORELLO!)
Time to compliment more, to laugh, to love, to be kind, to dance!
Living for baby’s first steps or anniversary parties,
Paychecks, weekly meetings impresses no supreme deities.

Life’s a gift-- the Present too precious to waste on yesterday!
Tomorrow matters not, when today’s all we’ve got while we pray.
Soothe a soul, share a joke, smile at strangers, sing inclusive songs.
Honor all who live. Learn to care. Begin to right some sad wrongs.

Cupid’s Day evokes perfume, chocolate, one very old saint;
Quaint FUNNY VALENTINE tunes request that we be what we ain’t!
This holiday should celebrate Love’s universality --
Lighting hearts afire for each other every second with glee.

No postponement…do not defer…for the perfect time and place.
Heavenly opportunities stare each of us in the face!
Adopt a dog from “death row”.  Feed that frightened, cold, stray kitten.
Lend a hand.  Pat a back.  Why pause?  Where on earth is it written?
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