My Love Goes Lightly

Happy Valentines Day

Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another.

Thomas Mertin

 

Song

by James Joyce

My love is in a light attire
     Among the apple trees,
Where the gay winds do most desire
     To run in companies.
 
There, where the gay winds stay to woo
     The young leaves as they pass,
My love goes slowly, bending to
     Her shadow on the grass.
 
And where the sky’s a pale blue cup
     Over the laughing land,
My love goes lightly, holding up
     Her dress with dainty hand.


Love is in the air, even if it is a wiff of burned brownies.   Nothing says I love you like a little effort on your part to make your valentine smile.  Net carbon neutral flowers, otherwise known as weeds, work great for a bouquet if you live someplace where things are blooming, but us northerners have to buy the roses flown all the way from Chile.   This year I have Uganda free trade chocolate and Chilean roses.  It’s a real festival of nations. 

If you are need of a soundtrack for your celebration, here’s a classic.   A friend sent this to me with a reminder that Teddy Neeley starred as Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar. What’s your favorite song on Valentine’s day.


To My Valentine

by Ogden Nash

More than a catbird hates a cat,
Or a criminal hates a clue,
Or the Axis hates the United States,
That’s how much I love you.

I love you more than a duck can swim,
And more than a grapefruit squirts,
I love you more than a gin rummy is a bore,
And more than a toothache hurts.

As a shipwrecked sailor hates the sea,
Or a juggler hates a shove,
As a hostess detests unexpected guests,
That’s how much you I love.

I love you more than a wasp can sting,
And more than the subway jerks,
I love you as much as a beggar needs a crutch,
And more than a hangnail irks.

I swear to you by the stars above,
And below, if such there be,
As the High Court loathes perjurious oathes,
That’s how you’re loved by me

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I am a life-long Minnesotan who resides in Minneapolis. I hope you enjoy my curated selection of sonnets, short poems and nerdy ruminations. I am pleased to offer Fourteenlines as an ad and cookie free poetry resource, to allow the poetry to be presented on its own without distractions. Fourteenlines is a testament to the power of the written word, for anyone wanting a little more poetry in their life.

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