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A new Valentine's Day poem written for my love in Istanbul.


Like custard loves coconut


I love you in the morning

And later on

I love you when you waken

And even when asleep

I love you in this moment

And the moments before

The day

The night

The summer

And the fall


I love you in the daylight

The star light

And at twilight

In fog

And shadow

In mist

And rain

In snow, sleet and even a torrential downpour

In the mountains, the prairie, the desert

And this sprawling city

We now call home


I love you now

And I’ll love you then

Like custard loves coconut

And coconut loves pie

Like ice cream loves sprinkles

And coffee loves cream

I’ll love you when the sun sets

The moon rises

And the night begins

Your eyes

Your lips

And the words you whisper

In the dark of night

And the midst of day


I will love you

As you love me


And then



© Jamie McKenzie, all rights reserved

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Love can be Southern -

The wild leaps of the men

from the slope of the Lupercal

Into the city. The run

Down bright streets,

Whipping the crowd into a frenzy.

Whipping the crowd.


But our love is Northern.

Returning sunlight, slowly growing

In the wood, on the tree,

In these words.

'For this was sent on Seynt Valentyne's day'

As the poet said,

'Whan every foul cometh ther to choose his mate'




A Valentine's Day poem I wrote in a spare half hour at work on February 14 2003.


At the roman festival of the Lupercalia the priestly college of the Luperci met in the Lupercal cave on the Palatine Hill - where Romulus and Remus were raised by the she-wolf. There they sacrificed goats and a dog.


Smeared in the blood, and clothed only in loincloths made from the skins of the sacrifices, the Luperci ran through Rome, striking passers-by with februa - thongs made from skins of the sacrificed goats - this bestowed luck and fertility.


February was also sacred to Juno Februata, the goddess of the fever of love (hence our word 'febrile'). The name of the month February derives from februa.


The 'poet' is Chaucer, and the quote is from 'The Parliament of Fowles'.

Emozioni ♩♪♫♬ ♩




The modern cliché Valentine's Day poem can be found in the collection of English nursery rhymes Gammer Gurton's Garland (1784):


"The rose is red, the violet's blue,


The honey's sweet, and so are you.

Thou art my love and I am thine;

I drew thee to my Valentine:

The lot was cast and then I drew,


And Fortune said it shou'd be you."




this is dedicated to all the Lovers on flickr!

"My heart has chosen you,

On this magical day of love-

To share and dwell upon,

The beauty of its touch

How sweet and blissful is,

The humming of its song-

The wonders that it brings

I, knowing you're the one

It has invited me

Into its world of inspirational dreams-

A place called paradise,

Where love and laughter sings

My heart has chosen you

And my soul agrees as well

You are the splendid light

Of true loves magical spell..."


(A Valentine's Day Poem by Maria I. Carmona)




~~The Look~~

Gown: GLITTER - Grace Roses Gown With Hoop on Hair Red (Valentine's Day 2017 gift - mesh);

Pose: ::WetCat:: - Heart Pose 02 (PurpleMoon Creations Valentine's Day Hunt 2017 - hunt item);

Mesh body: Slink Physique;

...formerly titled: "Hommage à l’anti-Saint-Valentin"


I have so many hearts in my Flickr photostream. (In fact, the Big Heart of Art just hit 100,000 views yesterday!)


Matters of the heart are not always clean and pure and simple. Some are not covered by any Valentine's day card. With this in mind, I created a few images representing less desirable states of the heart that we all get caught up in from time to time.


Need for a New Title


After some insightful comments from you, my flickr friends, I wanted to change the title of this piece to help distinguish:

• the feelings (states of the heart) symbolized here (excluded, isolated, alone)

• the feelings symbolized in the subsequent heart image (trapped, imprisoned, helpless)


I had already decided to name the other piece Prisoner of the Heart, which I thought captured it well. Trying to decide on the right title for this piece, I wanted it to clearly describe and distinguish this piece from the other, while still have a parallel phrasing (since the two images do form a group...)


How I Chose The New Title


I remembered of a Valentine's Day poem I wrote many years ago for my (now late) spouse. Particularly this excerpt:


being apart

that's a splash of cold reality

it's estrangement of the heart

it's the burning of great art!


and Estrangement of the Heart became the obvious title.


Sign at Starbucks in Lubbock with a cute Valentine’s Day poem.

A depraved Valentine's Day poem by Sara Tantlinger (author of Love for Slaughter) — look for her new book, The Devil's Dreamland, inspired by the life of HH Holmes! And be sure to check her work out at @inkychaotics on instagram or @SaraJane524 on twitter.


You can purchase your very own set of horror poetry magnets from the publisher for $12 at


PHOTOS OF FRIDGE POETRY USING "THE FRIDGE OF THE DAMNED" WELCOME TO THIS GALLERY SET! To be included, e-mail or send links to or leave info in a flickr comment.


Visit the folks behind The Fridge of the Damned:

Michael Arnzen (words):

Nathan Rosen (design):

Raw Dog Screaming Press (publication):

"Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

Sugar is sweet,

But not as sweet as you ..."


~ Traditional ~


Happy Valentine's day to you all!


Something on the origins of these lines from Wikipedia:


"The origins of the poem may be traced to the following lines written in 1590 by Sir Edmund Spenser from his epic The Faerie Queene (Book Three, Canto 6, Stanza 6):


It was vpon a Sommers shynie day,

When Titan faire his beames did display,

In a fresh fountaine, farre from all mens vew,

She bath'd her brest, the boyling heat t'allay;

She bath'd with roses red, and violets blew,

And all the sweetest flowres, that in the forrest grew.


A nursery rhyme significantly closer to the modern cliché Valentine's Day poem can be found in Gammer Gurton's Garland, a collection of English nursery rhymes. (1783)


Roses are red, diddle, diddle

Lavender's blue

If you will have me, diddle, diddle

I will have you. "

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I Want to be Your Valentine

Oh precious oh precious please be mine

I want to be your Valentine

I’ll do anything to be your rose

I want to be the Valentine you chose

Hold my hand and don’t let go

Open your heart and feel our love grow

Lock me in your heart just for a day

Feeling your love while reality fades away

I’ll wait year after year

Crying and sobbing tear after tear

Oh precious oh precious please be mine

I want to be your Valentine!

Quote from: Valentine's Day Poem

..."So let's stir up our passion today,

Let memories give way today,

To the now and the future

For the joys and hopes and for all

Send Valentine's Day Poem The times my heart hears you call.


I'm so glad,

I'm so glad,

I love you

You love me fine

Be my Valentine...."

Seen at Tottenham Hale tube station on Friday 14th February 2014. Happy Valentine's Day everyone.

This beautiful Valentine's Day poem was sent to me by my friends

Rich and Antra Borofsky, I thought you might enjoy it too!

Visit here -

Haiku Elysian Field project - this is a new version for this year.


It's almost that time of the year! Valentine's Day, or Single Awareness Day... really depends on how you want to put it




In 3 days, hearts and "love" will be everywhere. Saint Valentine's Day has become very commercialized... do we really only express love on this one day? Who knows.. Chocolate, flowers, and everything nice are very good products for companies to make profit. Okay, I will stop criticizing Valentine's Day and wish everyone best of luck on this day! I think it's the perfect day for many to build confident and take a stab at that special someone. Hey, it's Valentine's Day, everyone is doing it, so don't be afraid.


I found the cliché Valentine's Day poem on wiki!!


The rose is red, the violet's blue

The honey's sweet, and so are you

Thou are my love and I am thine

I drew thee to my Valentine

The lot was cast and then I drew

And Fortune said it shou'd be you.


Valentine's Day poem, written on a change of address form. Close up.

Since Chaucer wrote of the 'false lapwynge, ful of treacherye', in the poem, 'The Parlement of the Fowles' the lapwing has had an association with deceit,..maybe because of the way a parent Lapwing will feign injury and drag a 'broken wing' to attract the attention of a predator, away from it's chicks.

More coincidentally..The Parliament of Fowls is perhaps the first St. Valentine's Day poem

ever written.

Lapwwing~Vanellus vanellus

Members of Small Craft Warnings offered Poetry on Demand in Kohlberg, providing typed copies and decorations for Valentine’s Day poems they created on the spot. (Maryanne Tomazic '10)


The title illustrations and opening two stanzas of Hall Caine's 'Graih my Chree,' one of the few poems published by Caine once he had become a novelist.


The poem's title means 'Love of my Heart' in Manx Gaelic, a language in which the poem was not written and which Caine did not speak.


The poem was published on Valentine's Day in 1895 in 'London Home' magazine. Despite the romantic illustrations and publishing date, it is a rather macabre story, of a woman being lured to sea by her deceased lover, only to drown in the same spot as he did.


Hall Caine's work, including his novels, appeared first in the popular magazines of the day. These generally carried illustrations much like these for this poem. (... It is probably a good thing that they were not reproduced in the final book prints!)


The full poem can be read online as the second of the two poems that appear here:


Hall Caine's Wikipedia page is here:

Valentine's Day poem, written on a change of address form.

I bought a small stencil back in December, not quite sure what I would do. It came to me to use it to design a heart for my card.

Members of Swarthmore's Small Craft Warnings offered Poetry on Demand in Kohlberg, providing typed copies and decorations for Valentine’s Day poems they created on the spot. (Maryanne Tomazic '10)

My husbad Troy made me a Valentine's Day poem & found this cute clip art. I love the little toothbrushes.

A Valentine's Day poem; make the world a better place.

Photographer: Ingrid Toner