Roses are red (sometimes); violets are blue (are they?). If you’ve ever read poetry or listened to the radio, you know that a lot of poetic verse is preoccupied with one thing: L O V E.
Just in case you’ve spent all your energy celebrating Mardi Gras today and totally forgot about Valentine’s Day tomorrow, here’s a little poetic inspiration from the professionals to help get you started in creating the best ever Valentine’s Day card for your sweetheart.
Or if you want to blatantly quote them, that’s fine too. Good luck!
Song of Solomon 8:6
Starting with one of the oldest examples of poetry, Song of Solomon is a whole Biblical text on the theme of human love. This is just a small sample.
Place me like a seal over your heart; like a seal on your arm;
For love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding like the grave
It burns like blazing fire, like mighty flame.
Sonnet #130 – William Shakespeare
Shakespeare is well-known for his many sonnets speaking of love and desire. Here is one for the hearty companion, the one who doesn’t fall for the simpering similitudes of the typical love poem. This speaks of a love that exists despite a lack of the qualities that society deems romantic. Best not read this to a new romantic interest though.
She Walks In Beauty – Lord Byron
This is quintessential romantic poetry here. Lord Byron may have lived through a romantic scandal or two, but I appreciate him for his handle of verse and for being the father of the world’s first computer programmer.
SHE walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that ‘s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellow’d to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.
One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impair’d the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o’er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.
And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!
For many of us, Dr. Seuss was the first, if not only poet we knew of as children. Beside making up nonsense words and teaching us to not hop on pop, he had a few brilliant things to say about love.
We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird,
and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours,
we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.
[love is more thicker than forget] – e e cummings
If you’re trying to sound really deep, always go for e e cummings. This poem calls out love as being overwhelmingly everything. It’s also not aimed AT a person, so it’s safe to read to someone you’re not 100% convinced about yet.
love is more thicker than forget
more thinner than recall
more seldom than a wave is wet
more frequent than to fail
it is most mad and moonly
and less it shall unbe
than all the sea which only
is deeper than the sea
love is less always than to win
less never than alive
less bigger than the least begin
less littler than forgive
it is most sane and sunly
and more it cannot die
than all the sky which only
is higher than the sky
February 14th is supposed to be a day where we stop and appreciate those around us; but I realize that it can cause anxiety for people who aren’t in a romantic relationship or for those who feel the pressure to buy the perfect gift so as not to disappoint someone. Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day or Galentine’s Day or even Singles Awareness Day, I hope these verses have sparked a desire for you to tell someone how you feel….even if it isn’t your “special someone.”