Create a buzz: be real

No other holiday resonates with lovers

than hearts on Valentine Day. At first, the NYTIMES

lonely hearts page suggested ways to cope: have a dinner

out or dine in with a friend or volunteer somewhere

or help someone. Finding the way was key. Prepare

yourself for the sadness and the grief. In my experience,

there isn’t any way that works each year. Someone is

missing. So on the second page of advice to the lovelorn

focused on others: bringing joy to others. Let those who

live and care for one another know how much you appreciate

their love for one another and the joy it brings you. So I tried this,

without fanfare. It was the best advice I gave myself. 

I recall my poem of 2019. Be kind to those in diverse places.

-njvm.