Mandatory Valentine

What began as a howl towards being told when to celebrate love…quickly descended into something sentimental.  An absence from poetry (12 years!) leaves oneself vulnerable to these arisings.

 Mandatory Valentine

 It’s Legislated

               I have to do this Today?

No Stopping

               But what if I hadn’t slowed down to notice you?

Take a Number

               It felt like that some days.

No U-Turn

               What if you hadn’t come back?

No Re-Entry

               What if we hadn’t tried again? And again?

No Parking

               But what if I hadn’t stayed?

School Zone

               I’m always learning about you.

Stay Off The Grass

               That’s okay there’s always a secluded cove.

No Smoking

               But there is such heat between us.

Do Not Enter

               That was before…

No Firearms Allowed

               But I’m loaded.

No Children Allowed

               We ignored that one

February 14th, tell her you love her, buy her a gift

               The other 364 days don’t matter?

This Offer Has Expired.

               Every day matters.

Closed For The Season


This Poem was subsequently recognized, with a third place finish in a Poetry Contest hosted by the Quillians Writing Group from the virtual word of Second Life.

About Kevin S Moul

Kevin S. Moul is a widely published semi professional photographer who is also passionate about writing. He writes to achieve the same discovery with words that he captures with his camera. Writing projects include memoir, character studies, and themes associated with his lifelong interest in urban and epic fantasy. Canadian by birth Moul now lives in Southern Arizona and often wonders how he could live so far from the ocean. His photographic ‘genre’ is restaurant food and beverage, portraits of authors, and travel and tourism landscape photography. His work can be seen regularly in Phoenix Arizona based magazines, and recently in the promotions of authors Natalie Goldberg and publications of Erica Rivera. He blogs and offers samples of his writing at, a gallery of his photography work is offered at Partial List of Current Photography 2011 & 2012 Photo Gallery - Desert Nights Rising Stars Writing Conference Frequent Contributor - ASU Marginalia Magazine Food and Catering Photography for Website (90%+ of images) (February 2011 Edition, Photo of Kevin McElvoy in discussion of ASU writer's conference) (Cover Photo of the 2010 Catalog) (Author shot on her Memoir 'Insatiable' and multiple contributions to her web site and blog.) (Web Site and promotional photography) (Food and lifestyle photogrpahy)
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One Response to Mandatory Valentine

  1. Nice one Kevin.

    Your’s was way better than mine was 🙂

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