6330037_Valentine_banner Trickle Charged Love

There’s a deep, bitter chill, and for me there’s a thrill
In hearing the battery start.
The car engine purrs, the heater fan whirs
And thaws out my middle-aged heart.

I’m not blaming Cupid for being so stupid
To flash his wee bum in this cold.

But give me a break, for Valentine’s sake,
That mushy stuff’s really grown old.

There once was a time when chocolates & rhyme
Could launch me to wild palpitations.
You won me forever because of your clever,
Alluringly penned salutations.

Your hands, your eyes, those lips, our sighs –
“Oh, yes!” we eternally vowed.
Then after a season of love-clouded reason
Reality had us both cowed.

There’s nothing like kids to put passion on skids
And changes in jobs, homes and schools.
With each bill we pay we add wrinkles and gray.
What happened to those love-struck fools?

The lemons life gave, made us tough, made us brave.
We clung to each other and screamed.
We mixed in some grit & some faith & some spit,
And worked hard together and dreamed.

How do arrows and fluff hold up to the tough
Love that watches, waits, grieves?
Our joys and our woes don’t need any bows.
This kind of love never leaves.

So this morning at 8 when the car started great
Because you set trickle-charged powers,
I felt all aglow with our love that I know
Has a language more lasting than flowers.

Old birds

old birds


(all that being said, you know my true feelings about chocolate and flowers.)


  1. Holly Hoffman Morgan

    February 12, 2016

    You constantly amaze me with your talents!

  2. Karen Austin

    February 12, 2016

    Fabulous! Thanks for letting us get some insight into your evolving affections.

  3. Sandra

    February 12, 2016


  4. Sandra

    February 12, 2016

    Funny- I used an emoticon heart and it published ??. Not what I intended. This is fun and deliciously true.

  5. Judy Kay

    February 13, 2016

    Husbands with skills are the best kind to have. I’ve been that lucky for 42 years.

  6. kim

    February 14, 2016

    As another long(er) time happily married wife of a fix-it kinda guy, I thoroughly enjoyed your lovely ode to true love. 🙂

  7. Lisa G.

    February 17, 2016

    Love your writing and your example, Linda!

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