Since Valentine's Day is Coming Up...

Enchanted Girl

I’m thinking of an enchanted girl

she might be thinking of me

she’ll be cashmere soaking in Zero—

I’ll be pipe tobacco and tweed,

I’ll be half hearted with fear

she will hide her pain,

she’ll keep baskets of pebbles

—each one a memory

I’ll show her driftwood pieces

—each one a wish

And when we say goodbye

she’ll say “until soon” —and

each time if that is all,

it’s more than I’ve expected to know.

- Jeff Pinkney

From: The Valentine’s Day Books, now available in New York City at Left Bank Books. Also available from the author at