Be my Valentine

Another globalised tradition, Valentine’s Day, is here along with romantic paraphernalia to suit all tastes from naff to sophisticated. Some people disregard this celebration and some revel in it. How do you feel about it?

Humour plays its part too. Some people have written really funny love messages. Click here to read some of them

Check this one: The gardener inspired by the vegetable world and a love for playful phonetics.

Music and poetry are also ingredients of this date. Some poets, however, have fled from stereotypes and produced some brilliant poetry like Carol Ann Duffy, Britain’s current poet laureate, in her poem Valentine.

Valentine by Carol Ann Duffy

Not a red rose or a satin heart.

I give you an onion.
It is a moon wrapped in brown paper.
It promises light
like the careful undressing of love.

Here.
It will blind you with tears
like a lover.
It will make your reflection
a wobbling photo of grief.

I am trying to be truthful.

Not a cute card or a kissogram.

I give you an onion.
Its fierce kiss will stay on your lips,
possessive and faithful
as we are,
for as long as we are.

Take it.
Its platinum loops shrink to a wedding-ring,
if you like.

Lethal.
Its scent will cling to your fingers,
cling to your knife.

Click here for the video version. As regards songs, there is such an array of love songs that is difficult to choose but this one never fails to move one’s feelings.

Mind you, love songs can also be funny

Have you got a favourite love poem or song? Send them in

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