Crueling Month

(in response to Dajena’s kind challenge)


February’s kinda cruel


First, there’s pronouncing it

(In Arabic months or Hebrew

Or Chinese it might go

Better), then facing it as the

Last full month of winter (In

The Northeast)


I don’t know what to make

Of Valentine’s Day, an

American confusion


But the month offers two

Gifts at the start and end


My favorite, shapeless

Holiday on the second, a

Day for groundhog-prophecy

That celebrated in any

Undetermined way is good


And sometimes like now

(This year) we get an extra

February day


But then


It’s an added winter day:

Why not be offered in a

Temperate season?


Compensation for all

Lengthier other months, I