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James Scarborough

James Scarborough

Posted: February 13, 2011 08:21 PM

Hoodie-Footies and hot chocolate? Perhaps on a desultory October evening when the leaves begin to fall. How about a candlelit dinner at (insert favorite splurgey restaurant) to commemorate who-knows-what? Oh God, don't you do that already? Well then, what about a (seashore, lakefront, storefront -- think Breakfast at Tiffany's) walk, followed by s'mores or a clambake, a bottle of Chateau Lafite or a can of Coke Zero? Kind of pedestrian, kind of anytime.

No, no, no, this is Valentine's Day, the holy day, of, in the immortal words of Kermit the Frog, lovers, dreamers and, um, me (and presumably, hopefully, for you as well). Mindful of Paul Valery's painfully-true contention that "Love is being stupid together," how about ten poems and ten paintings that celebrate the art of being stupid together? Come on, just this once.

Jan Van Eyck, "Arnolfini Marriage Portrait"
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may i feel said he (e.e. cummings)

may i feel said he
(i'll squeal said she
just once said he)
it's fun said she

(may i touch said he
how much said she
a lot said he)
why not said she

(let's go said he
not too far said she
what's too far said he
where you are said she)

may i stay said he
(which way said she
like this said he
if you kiss said she

may i move said he
is it love said she)
if you're willing said he
(but you're killing said she

but it's life said he
but your wife said she
now said he)
ow said she

(tiptop said he
don't stop said she
oh no said he)
go slow said she

(cccome?said he
ummm said she)
you're divine!said he
(you are Mine said she)
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