The 14th of February 1951 – Blacksburg, Virginia

(found tied to the string of a heart-shaped balloon, stuck in a tree)


I hope you get this.

Geez, Mary, it is just weird, you know? Weird, plain and simple. Weird, and that’s all.

You know, at one point you could put the fear of God into me, with your hand on your hips, just cocked at that perfect angle, with your tongue tracing around the corners of your lips. Mary, you sent lightning bolts through my spine. You made me anxious. Just looking at you out of the corner of my eye and seeing you looking at me, that made me anxious.

It did, you know. Mary, it did. And that is what is just so damned weird about it. All of a sudden, it is all just gone.

I see you now, out of the corner of my eye, perched on your cocked hips, licking your red, smiling lips with that red, wet tongue, and do you know what, Mary? I don’t feel a thing. I don’t feel a goddamned thing. I see you there and I am just looking at another human being. Painful as it is, but that is the truth, I swear. I see you there, and it is so weird, so goddamned weird.

Now Mary, I’m standing on your porch, and I’ve got this balloon for you, for Valentine’s and all, and I’m about to ring your doorbell. But I can’t. I mean, I don’t know if I can. It just feels weird, you know? It feels like something is just missing, and I don’t know if I can do a damned thing about it. Something was there, but it’s gone. It’s evaporated or floated away. It’s like someone knocked out the power, like a tree branch fell on the power lines and now there’s no more electricity.

I really do wish it would come back. I really do wish that it would. But I’m sorry. That’s all I can say, really. I’m sorry.

I hope you get this.

Happy Valentine’s,


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