the valentine that wasn’t

dear eddie,

’twas so long ago when

we were “just kids” and

my eyelashes must have

flirted above the chitchat

in the hallway of high school

you phoned to ask me to the

banquet (no dances then)

but said you’d meet me there

(because neither of us drove yet)

my face flushed, heart fluttered

i’d already said “yes” when my

mother, frowning, observed: “if

this is a date, he should pick you

up properly, with parental escort.”

“but we’re just friends,” i insisted

and took my imagination shopping

to purchase a flowery maxi dress

for the freshman/sophomore event

when i arrived, i stood by your side

both feeling awkward until we each

turned to our same-gendered friends

and found separate places at tables

decorated with no risk or obligation

i learned i should listen to my

mother’s advice and i understand

that you are still single, edwin, but

please know that after all these years,

i do accept your unspoken apology.

27 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. rothpoetry
    Feb 17, 2022 @ 12:06:56

    I love this sentimental semi-love story! Very nicely done. Your mom was right! :>)


  2. Jewish Young Professional "JYP"
    Feb 17, 2022 @ 11:09:31

    I liked that flirting eyelashes detail and the incorporation of the dialogue here.


  3. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Feb 16, 2022 @ 14:31:01

    I wonder if he ever understood what had happened… he probably still doesn’t understand.


  4. sanaarizvi
    Feb 16, 2022 @ 13:09:06

    The image of those eyelashes speak volumes! Beautiful, sensitive write 💝💝


  5. Ingrid
    Feb 16, 2022 @ 11:00:28

    It is amazing how such memories stay with us!


  6. sarahsouthwest
    Feb 16, 2022 @ 09:27:38

    Oh, those eyelashes! And that teenaged awkwardness. And your mom. Loved this poem, Lynn.


  7. Jane Dougherty
    Feb 16, 2022 @ 08:07:11

    What a shame! Though it’s probably just as well that kids don’t know their own minds and step back.


  8. Becoming His Tapestry
    Feb 15, 2022 @ 20:10:47

    Edwin missed his opportunity 😀😀


  9. Carol Congalton
    Feb 15, 2022 @ 18:54:09

    ‘my eyelashes must have

    flirted above the chitchat’
    Love those lines Lynn! Teenage years were so very awkward I remember!


  10. fireblossom32
    Feb 15, 2022 @ 17:41:10

    Very nicely turned, and unexpected. I love this.


  11. Grace
    Feb 15, 2022 @ 16:31:32

    I enjoyed reading this – made me smile with all the awkwardness of the teen years but you also added a post note. Well it wasn’t meant to be, smiles.


  12. Tricia Sankey
    Feb 15, 2022 @ 16:20:26



  13. msjadeli
    Feb 15, 2022 @ 16:19:04

    Awwww poor Edwin shoulda pursued you when he had the chance.


  14. Sascha Darlington
    Feb 15, 2022 @ 16:10:35

    Ah, those first encounters. Awkward is exactly the word for it.


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