By Alan Berecka

Valentine’s Day fell
that year, fell
on Ash Wednesday.
A calendar’s quirk—
the human condition
in a Hallmark moment:
“Ashes to ashes,
Lust to lust.”

Alan Berecka resides in Sinton, Texas. He earns his keep as a librarian at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi. His work has appeared in such places as American Literary Review, Texas Review and The Christian Century. He has authored three chapbooks, and four full collections. In 2017, he was named the first poet laureate of Corpus Christi, and served in the post until 2019.

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