Monday, February 14, 2011


Today I am sporting my red Miu Miu slingbacks*:

and this little headband in my hair:

toting these for my lil' monster-students:

and with copies of this poem to share with them:

First Poem for You**
            Kim Addonizio

I like to touch your tattoos in complete
darkness, where I can't see them.  I'm sure of
where they are, know by heart the neat
lines of lightning pulsing just above
your nipple, can find, as if by instinct, the blue
swirls of water on your shoulder where a serpent
twists, facing a dragon.  When I pull you
to me, taking you until we're spent
and quiet on the sheets, I love to kiss
the pictures in your skin.  They'll last until
you're seared to ashes; whatever persists
or turns to pain between us, they will still
be there.  Such permanence is terrifying.
So I touch them in the dark; but touch them, trying.


Seriously: what's not to love about Valentine's Day?  However, my Valentine's Day promises to be quite untraditional, as instead of savoring a romantic dinner tonight, I will be teaching love poems at San Quentin State Prison.  What a hilarious place to spend the day of love!  It will certainly remind me that there are far worse positions to be in than dateless. ;)

What are y'all up to today??

*Let it be known that I will not be wearing said Miu Miu slingbacks to the prison tonight.
**Did you notice it's a perfect Shakespearean sonnet?


Melanie's Randomness said...

I love your shoes & headband!! It's so cute!! Wow what a great poem. My boyfriend has dragon tattoos on his back and arms so this reminded me of him. I made him the strawberries in my last post! =) Happy Valentine's day girl! Have a great day!! =)

Melanie's Randomness

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

You look so cute- I want a cupcake SO badly now! Superbad.

jeanette from everton terrace said...

I think it's a wonderful expression of love for the world that you will be spending your evening there. Great shoes!

Kimbirdy said...

what a great poem, especially for your students. you're such a phenomenal teacher!

Ashley said...

Loving the shoes! =) Happy Valentines to you!

bethany said...

Totally rockin' that same headband today too. Isn't it so flirty and fabulous?

Happiest V-dayt to you! It is SUCH an excellent holiday.

Meredith said...

Happy V-Day! Love all the little touches :)

bklyn76 said...

love your shoes though it's too cold for open-toes here...

that poem is fabulous...reminds me of e and his ink, though no lightning bolt above his nipple. ;)

Erin {pughs' news} said...

Oooh, love the shoes and headband!

I'd have brought cupcakes to my students if I worked Mondays...

Happy V-Day!

Ashleigh said...

I heart that headband! So festive!!
I realized this morning that I own one red shirt and it was too wrinkled to deal with, therefore I am not festive in the least!
This post made me crave a cupcake :)

drollgirl said...

love your shoes! your students must ADORE YOU!!!!! enjoy, and soak up all the love that you can! :)

shelly said...

shoes are adorable, but where are your FLATS missy??!! lol

happy valentine's day to you :)

ag. said...

Ooh, love how festive you are! I think it's a great place to spend valentine's day...spreading the love around to some people who could probably use a little more love in their life!

Marz said...

I wish I had some sexy red heels and an adorable heart headband to wear, but I did wear one of the only red shirts I do own under a pink tanktop so I tried to be festive today as well :) That poem is absolutely beautiful! It reminded me of someone (a tatted up boy from "my box") who was my Valentine once. The words are so sensual :)

"Few worse positions to be then dateless" cracked me up :)

I love you Claire my sweet! xoxo

Anonymous said...

Oh Claire I am IN LOVE with those shoes. I adore a red shoe... so sexy.

Have I told you lately that your commitment inspires me...?

this free bird said...

can you be my teacher?? girl i need a cupcake even though i'm not allowed. and sas-sy shoes!! truth: i was so annoyed by bieber's hair. fact: watched the movie and in 3 minutes loved the cut. no jokes and i'm not easy to suck in!


Phoenix Peacock said...

you and your shoes and headband are TOO CUTE!!!
I'm doing counseling sessions and a multi-family session until 9 tonight. so my "romantic" evening will be my husband ordering chinese so we can eat and go to bed. we will probably light candles and watch a movie just to try to make it seem like we arent too busy haha

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Love the heels! Happy V Day ♥

Tonight I have nothing special planned, mindless TV, some pinot noir, and my pup. I'm leaving the love and drama for The Bachelor ;)

Tamara Nicole said...

LOVE the shoes and the headband, so cute!

Soooo you are the winner of my seamstress boutique wall hook from It's Simple Love . . . please email me your mailing addy so I can get you your goods:-)

COngrats hun!!!


Mo Vid said...

Happy Valentine's Day! Love the poem.

Meghan said...

You are ADORABLE, lady! I love your festive spirit - and the poem! I love it.

J. said...

I LOVE that poem. Amazing.
I don't really get into Valentine's Day... but I would if I were a part of your sleepover tradition!!
And I got your Valentine AND your package today- you spoiled me with all the stationary! :) I'm planning on listening to the CD tonight, once I get caught up on my blogs. Thank you so very, very much! Love you, pretty girl!!

Rach said...

I would kill for your shoe collection! It's prob a good thing you aren't wearing those babies out to the prison cause the men would probably be all over you ow ow! Hope you are having a fabulous V Day!

Ashley said...

Cute shoes, cute headband, and cute cupcakes!!

Micaela said...

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!!! first, I LOOOOOVE your heels! LOVE them! and that headband! i should have bought one-- it's so fun and perfect for heart day :)

second that poem-- WOW THAT POEM!!! sexy, especially for this girl who's husband hates her tats... i'm going to make him read it lol sexy.

i hope your students enjoyed the cupcakes though i'm betting they would have MUCH rather seen you in your slingbacks! ;) ha!


Amanda said...

I'm so glad you are rocking the red pumps today. It's melting-snow-central over here, so I sadly had to wear the snow boots still.

When you said lil' monsters, it made me think of Lady Gaga for some reason :)

Happy Valentine's Day, Claire!

Gracie said...

Woo hoo! Those shoes are gorgeous and perfect for the day. And yay for the headband. I'm so glad you received it before the day.

And those cupcakes! Perfect! They must love you :)

Farah said...

Very cute!!! Happy Valentines Day!! xoxo

homemade grits said...

thank God you didn't wear them to prison. good gravy that would have been a disaster. so sad i missed your call! that poem was pretty sexy girl. love you!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

I love that headband! Hope you had a great Valentine's day!

Krystal said...

aahaha i loved your update about now wearing the shoes to prison. good choice? hope your vday was amazing!

meghan said...

What did your students think of the poem? Did they like your cupcakes? So thoughtful!

Lindsey said...

Love the headband, that is cool that you went taught poetry to prisoners! I love watching Lock-Up!

Nic said...

That poem is beautiful. I knew I was in love with my now husband when 12 years ago he wrote me a poem in iambic pentameter. Amazing girl! Your V-day party sounds like a ton of fun!! :)