In first grade back in my childhood students exchanged Valentines, and, the teacher made sure everyone got a card. Each student was to bring enough cards so everyone was reached. When I reflect on the messages in those card there were puns and simple messages: Be Mine. In adult years the Valentine poems became more serious. I offer some serious and funnier love poems in this post and upcoming posts. As Valentine's Day approaches I like to share these not just with my husband, but, also, with friends and family. It's good to hear the written word spoken out loud.
Here is one of my favorite poems from the Scottish poet, Robert Burns:
A Red, Red Rose
BY ROBERT BURNS
O my Luve is like a red, red rose
That’s newly sprung in June;
O my Luve is like the melody
That’s sweetly played in tune.
So fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a’ the seas gang dry.
Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi’ the sun;
I will love thee still, my dear,
While the sands o’ life shall run.
And fare thee weel, my only luve!
And fare thee weel awhile!
And I will come again, my luve,
Though it were ten thousand mile.