Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Fourth Grade Valentines

Red hearts made of paper
collected by teacher
delivered to addressee

I got none

I tried to smile
ignore the void
but it hurt that

I got none

and that blonde Billy

said I was too fat to be

anyone’s valentine.

When I went home
Mom asked
what was new

I whispered, "nothing."

© Judy Shepps Battle

Judy Shepps Battle has been writing essays and poems long before retiring from being a psychotherapist and sociology professor. She is a New Jersey resident, addictions specialist, and freelance writer.