Valentine's Day and Ash Wednesday.
Roses and palms.
Love and Death.
In Swoozie's, old men like me searching through cards.
Packs of Valentines schoolchildren buy to give to each kid in the class.
Heart-shaped hard candies like those of my childhood, and their written messages.
At the market, roses already in vases filled with water.
The lady behind the counter, putting together the bouquets, cutting pink ribbons.
Goodbye, Vic Damone.
In the drugstore, "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do." Neil Sedaka.
The Everly Brothers.
Memories of Sacred Heart, cold walks through downtown Atlanta.
Ashes on the forehead. The blurred cross.
Goodbye, Jan Maxwell.