On this day, more than a billion letters of affection are sent — Writer’s Almanac

Who can compete with all that love?

This one, a single voice out of billions;

none can be distinguished among the roar,

each a flake in a blizzard of attention.

Hard to believe we live in a hurricane of love,

what with the state of the world,

and the slow steady drumbeat of life

and all the daily acts of appetite.

But there it is, a billion strong.

I’ll add my own quiet voice

and perhaps out of static might come

the comfort and song of a heart.

just another frustrated teacher

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