s/he : sweet-heart


He: "Hello Mrs. K. How was your day?"
She: "Very good Mr. K. Busy, but productive. And you?"

He: "The same, except for a couple of meetings."
She: "That's good. It's been a tumultuous week. Wouldn't you agree?"

He: "Yes. Hurricane Ike, Wall Street meltdowns, and marital discourse."
She: "Well, we're not in a position to control the first two, but the last one seems better."
He: "That's true. Those little spats usually don't last long, but we have to keep it real here and show the good, the bad and the ugly."
She: "Well, I have a poem for you so we can finish up the week on a positive note."

He: "A
poem?"
She: Yes, don't worry. It is charming and was written by the renowned poet,
Ted Kooser. I just received a copy of his book Valentines after Rebecca wrote about him."
He: "Ok?"
She: "For over 20 years, Ted has been writing a poem for Valentine's Day and sending it on a postcard to his favorite women. He started with a list of 50
, including his wife and the wives of friends."
He: "
50!"
She: "Yes. The list has grown to 2,500 since then. Ready?"

He: "Yep."
She: "Are you sure this is a convenient time ;)?"

He: "Cut it out. Go ahead, please."

She: "Ok, here goes. Have a very nice weekend everyone. And, to those of you who work on the weekend, don't worry, your next day off will come soon enough, and we'll all be working.


A PERFECT HEART, by Ted Kooser

To make a perfect heart you take a sheet
of red construction paper of the type
that's rough as a cat's tongue, fold it once,
and crease it really hard, so it feels

as if your thumb might light up like a match,


then choose your scissors from the box. I like
those safety scissors with the sticky blades
and the rubber grips that pinch a little skin

as you snip along. They make you careful,

just as you should be, cutting out a heart

for someone you love. Don't worry that your curve
won't make a valentine; it will. Rely
on chewing on your lip and symmetry

to guide your hand along with special art.

And there it is at last: a heart, a heart!

Photo Credit : Cindy

10 comments:

Rebecca said...

Ahh, one of my favorites! Love your dialogue to go along with it. Such a great review--so glad you liked the book! :)

littlebrownpen said...

Fantastic! Really enjoyed this. Have you ever read "On Love" by Alain de Botton? Wonderful book.

please sir said...

Great read - love love love!

S.HOPtalk said...

Glad that all is well and good back on the homestead. Love the charming poem. Have a great weekend C & S!

Mrs.French said...

I love this! thank you...I wonder how you get on that list?

cindy : quaint said...

he is so sweet - i'm sure i'll mention him again. in fact, it's a promise.
mrs. french - it became too expensive, so he doesn't do it anymore :(.

julie king said...

that is so sweet. i love poems that continue from one stanza to the next. and, i loved that you've done a new he said/she said. they are always so much fun!!

Fifi Flowers said...

Your posts remind me of the move He Said, She Said... and I loved that movie!

cindy : quaint said...

thanks julie - ted's style is really sweet.
fifi - we saw that movie years ago, but i think we should rent it again.

Julia said...

You are such lovely people. I love that you make it real here. It's strange how we need to know that life can exist beautifully with both the ups and the downs.