Faith, poetry, Valentine's Day

Love, Cupid – Poem

Cupid's Span Sculpture in San by Roshan Vyas
Cupid’s Span Sculpture in San by Roshan Vyas


Dear Human,

I must tell you

there are not enough arrows

for those looking for Eros

and more than enough

that missed their mark

 discarded by

one or the other, or both


I must ration my arrows,

look for the best mark

a certifiable bullseye

for a gardener who tends to love

with hope, patience, faith

strong enough to withstand

 sorrow and grief

in a landscape of tomorrow’s


If I could convince you to

love and nurture yourself

pick up a discarded shaft

smooth the bend,

straighten the crack

and try once more

I would have plenty of arrows

to set in motion.

Love, Cupid


Have a lovely Valentine’s Day weekend with family, friends, or loved ones.

Generosity Day, poetry, Rethink Valentine's Day, Single Awareness Day, Valentine's Day, Valentine's Day treats

Rethink Valentine’s Day…let me count the ways

Valentine’s Day is all about hearts, romance, love, right? For single me, it’s less romance but still hugs, kisses, and special wishes. Do not stick me with the “Un-Valentine” set with heart pinatas and speared cupids.  There’s still lots of reasons to celebrate Valentine’s Day or “Single Awareness Day,” as this Cargoh card   illustrates.

V-D or S-A Day is about reveling in love for your own bad self, sharing your affection with those who are special to you and also remembering those who may need a smile or laugh. With that concept in mind here are a few things that I’d like to share with you.

For the book lover CJ Lyons has a wonderful video on her blog post today. It is a little long but book lovers will love this Academy Award nominated short film. The filmakers say that Hurricane Katrina, Wizard of Oz and a love of books inspired them to make the film which is an allegory about the curative powers of story.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore from Moonbot Studios on Vimeo.

For the thoughtful, reclaim the day by celebrating Generosity Day 2012. You can watch and take the pledge here:

For someone who needs a smile or laugh: (If this one doesn’t do it for you can find more here).

One morning Emma woke up with a start.  Her husband Jim asked what was the matter, she told him, “I just had a dream that you gave me a pearl necklace for Valentine’s day. What do you think it means?”

“You’ll know tonight,” Jim said.
That evening, Jim home with a small package and gave it to his wife. Delighted, Emma opened it – only to find a book entitled “The meaning of dreams”.

For the foodie, make some of these luscious goodies (recipe) for yourself and/or friends:

For the lovers of verse: Read or visit some poetry sites. I like this one over at Book of Kells
Now I have to get  to cooking dinner for my writers group “Red Day” meal. I’m making pasta with Pomodoro sauce. The others are bringing homemade french baguettes with roasted red pepper spread, red wine, salad greens with pomegranates, and hopefully someone brings red velvet cupcakes.  
How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day/Single Awareness/Generosity Day on the 14th? 
Valentine's Day, Wisdom

Oh no, it’s Valentine’s Day…

     That’s what I heard from a friend last week. She was going to avoid going out and/or sleep away VD day.
     I’ve been there. I understand. For one year, not any time you’re without a man. Her avoidance made me think about my own reactions.
     You know you’re healthy again, maybe for the first time, when Valentine’s Day comes and you don’t feel like constructing a  papier-mache effigy of your ex and using your kids baseball bat to knock the shit out of your personal piñata.
     And when you can get through Valentine’s Day without crying when you see the big red hearts, the flowers, and the couples, or duck the Valentine Day card aisle every time to go to Walgreen’s, you know you’ve made progress.
     And you’re really over the loss of a love when you can celebrate Valentine’s Day with your friends, family and/or yourself, drink champagne, eat dark chocolate, share flowers, and tell yourself that you are loving and lovable.
     That’s how I spent this weekend (above paragraph) with friends(piñata & crying) in beautiful downtown  Berkeley, celebrating a friend’s birthday and engagement party. We wished her all the best and are happy that she’s in love and chose to celebrate that on…
oh yes, on Valentine’s Day.