Today I Got a Valentine

by Kenn Nesbitt
Today I got a valentine
from everyone but Kay.
But that’s all right...
I never liked her that much anyway.

She doesn’t like my favorite bands.
Her socks don’t often match.
She never trades her Oreos.
She isn’t good at catch.

She doesn’t play computer games.
She wears her hair in braids.
She’s something of a teacher’s pet
and always gets good grades.

She dots her i’s with little hearts.
She’s always reading books.
Whenever I’m around, she gives me
such confusing looks.

But oh my goodness, here comes Kay—
and what is this I see?
It seems she has an extra special
valentine for me.

It’s big and red and has the words,
"Will you be mine today?"
I’ve always said there’s no one else
I like as much as Kay!


Text © Kenn Nesbitt, reprinted from Revenge of the Lunch Ladies, published by Meadowbrook Press. Illustration © Mike & Carl Gordon. Any copying or use of this poem or illustration without consent is unlawful.

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