I have no need for a Valentines card
what poetic thing would you say
that you don't already,
in an everyday way?
Don't want to sit at opposites
across a glowing table,
with nothing new to talk about
except perhaps, we should go out
Instead I'll take the cup of tea
before the 6 o'clock alarm.
Offer me the ice cool 1664,
when I'm in a steaming bath
trying to get warm.
I'll take the sudden trip
- down the Atlantic Highway-
on a bleak november afternoon,
to watch the breakers, count the gulls,
your hand in mine to keep it warm.