My Own Valentine

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    My Own Valentine

    When you’re young, so very young, 

    Valentines beguile with promises

    Big and puffy, sweet like orange circus peanuts,

    Or salty as cheese curls fresh outta the bag.

     

    “Be mine,” they scream, “be only mine.”

    I want you, my own Valentine,

    How? Like another scoop of vanilla?

    Or the wiggly snuggle of a puppy?

     

    And there were so many,

    Everyone in the class

    Seemed to get three or four.

    What do you do with seven?

     

    Just be patient, valentine,

    Valentines grow up, too

    Punch out cards, and lettered hearts

    With cutsy messages get dated.

     

    Someone will want roses

    Another, a heart of chocolates

    Across the miles, the telephone

    Connects two hearts as one.

     

    Venders only know commercial

    Selling what they have

    And so, so many valentines

    Are wasted, foolish efforts.

     

    The very best of valentines

    Are seldom ever red.

    They make no mention of the day,

    Just of the one who’s loved.

     

    Like new rope for a mountain climber,

    Or a signed first edition book,

    Gifts that really fit

    Must be chased down long before.

     

    I’ve thought how few there are

    Who will buy daring lingerie 

    Wrapped with a perfumed note enclosed:

    I’ll wear this just for you, my love.

     

    Or, a weekend bed and breakfast

    Leaving computers, and cell phones off,

    Putting conversation and exploration on

    Whether or not it is February 14.

     

    I hope in secret hope, before I die

    Someone will give me such a gift;

    Or, barring such felicity, maybe I’ll get to hear

    “This is the best valentine anyone ever gave me.”

     

    Because, when you’re older

    The trail behind’s far longer than the one before,

    And if hope didn’t learn at disappointment turn

    Than what purpose did it serve?


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    ginga commented on My Own Valentine

    02-17-2010

    Harver, I admire all your details concerning the core meaning of Valentines and their meaning. Commercial Valentines aren't for me either. I often make homemade ones. ginga

    Fina commented on My Own Valentine

    02-14-2010

    Well done! That is very true when you are young it is so exciting getting valentines and as you get older it dims, but not for me, I get excited even though I get nothing. Just the thought is exciting in itself...maybe someday.

    HarverTomsson

    02/15/2010

    And that s what makes you fun to be with. You are an incurable optimist. HT

    WordSlinger commented on My Own Valentine

    02-11-2010

    HT, this is great I like how each stanza leads into another, lets us know, directly how you feel, great write, ty WS, I'll post this with the other Val-Day poems in the forum, I have a new one also, ty WS

    HarverTomsson

    02/11/2010

    Thanks, WS, our keystrokes crossed, and it shows up double. think anyone will find it? ROFL

    tierra7 commented on My Own Valentine

    02-11-2010

    Thank You Harver..Perfect ! couldn't ask for anything better... “This is the best valentine anyone ever gave me.” ~smile~ Happy Valentine's Day Hun !!! Tierra @}-'-,

    HarverTomsson

    02/11/2010

    Thank you for your tender heart and sense of humor. HT

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