This Valentine’s poem is in response to the blog contest by Susanna Leonard Hill, children’s author and blogger. The rules are simple: in 214 words or fewer, entrants must write a Valentine’s Day story or poem for children ages 12 and under, where one of the characters is grumpy. Special thanks to Mike Allegra and his fabulous grumpy cupid for encouraging me to enter.
More than twenty cards I have to write
’cause of a chubby cupid with bow’n arrow.
“One for each student, it’s only right,”
my teacher claims, but she doesn’t know.
My fingers ache holding the marker so tight
‘cause my friends will make fun, ‘specially Joe.
We boys would rather skateboard or take a hike
or write to the other fat guy, Santa Ho Ho Ho.
But I’m coloring this special card pink and bright
since it’s for Becky, who always says “Hello!”
as if I’m nice, and she knows I won’t bite.
Maybe she’ll like my heart; I really hope so.
This is for you Schuyler, Clark, Sutton, Sloan, and Neville. xo Photo credit: Shara Coletta.