Valentina Alvarez Martínez // A VALENTINA

It’s not the metal mold that shapes the batter as it pours in.

My father looked into my small brown eyes. Claims he looked into who

this young baby was, a “Valentina.”

 

It is recognized as a statement of health and vigor. Femininity and love. Ironically

the holy priest whom stamped the name with such characteristics, was tortured, beaten to death with clubs, and beheaded. An oxymoron.

A sharp rose pedal, a lively combatant. Can anyone fully comply?

 

It’s not the metal mold that shapes the batter as it pours in. The batter has shaped

the mold itself, I have written my own definition. The question has changed

from what name fits her, to what will she make it mean? Saint Valentines a warrior

of love. Valentina Tereshkova first woman astronaut to go to space.

The past sets the bias, but neither am I a holy priest nor an Astronaut.

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