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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Poetry!
by Susan de Wardt,

ATH Co-Editor of Writing and Poetry Therapy

 

 
Editor’s Note from
Susan de Wardt: Fall in love with poetry! Visit the Love Poem Headquarters for more love poems, including free poetry valentine cards and e-cards, and ideas for surprising your valentine.


                All the love that history knows,
                is said to be in every rose.
                Yet all that could be found in two,
                is less than what I feel for you.
                             - Author Unknown

From candy hearts to Hallmark cards, love is in the air this week. Why not celebrate Valentine’s Day by writing a love poem or letter?

          How do I love thee? Let me count the ways….

When Elizabeth Barrett Browning first penned those words she probably wasn’t thinking about Valentine’s Day or worrying about being a great poet, she was simply using poetic language to express her strong feelings about someone special.

 We can probably all remember quirky little love poems from junior high:

      Roses are red/Violets are blue/Sugar is Sweet/And so are you….

And many of us spend our dollars on sappy greeting cards, trusting others to say “I love you” for us. But what about sharing our own thoughts and feelings this Valentine’s Day?  If love really does “make the world go round”, what could be better or more appreciated than a personal expression of love? If Hallmark can get away with those cheesy sentimental rhymes, so can you!

Here are some ways you can pen your own personal Love Poems:

Take your cues from the classics. You can find many poems by category online.

http://www.lovepoetry.com/poems/classic1.html 

http://www.lovepoemsandquotes.com

http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/5860


As you read through some of the best Love poems, notice how poets express thoughts and feelings of love. Which lines resonate for you? How might you describe your special someone? Let these classic poems be a guide, choose a line, a word, or a title to start the writing flow. Don’t worry about rhyme or punctuation…it’s the thought that counts!

Think about the people you love or admire: friends, family, spouse or partner. Think about the things you love: your pets, your car, your favorite shoes, peanut butter! Love knows no bounds. You can write love poems about anything and everything!

Lost your love recently? Valentine’s Day can be especially trying for people who have suffered a loss due to death, divorce or recent romantic breakup. Writing about your lost love can ease the pain and help you get through the day. Try writing a love letter to the missing spouse or partner. Balance your feelings of grief with thoughts of love. How did you benefit from the relationship? Write about the qualities of love the missing partner inspired in you. Send a valentine anyway. Even though the person may not be available to you physically, you can still say I Love You and be heard.

Happy the old flame has burned out? Write a love letter to freedom. What do you love about being single again? Sometimes the breakup of a romantic relationship is a thing to rejoice over – wax poetic and let the world know you’re ready to move on.

Looking for love but not finding it? It’s a well-known fact that you can’t find something if you don’t know what you’re looking for! Taking time to describe the perfect love will help you recognize it when it does stare you in the face! You can also write a character sketch of Love, how it walks, talks, and dresses, to get in touch with the real meaning of love for you.

Feeling unappreciated?  Create more love in your life by making a List of 100* things you love about your spouse/partner/boyfriend/girlfriend.  Recognizing  and publicly acknowledging the positive aspects of a relationship improves the way you experience that partnership. Focusing on what’s working and letting your partner know about it will help you get more of what you like.

Sometimes it’s not easy to give love when we don’t feel lovable ourselves. Boost your self-esteem by writing a List of 100* things you love about yourself! Self-appreciation is the first step toward happiness. 

Whatever your issue with love, wherever your love interest lies, take the time to honor the feeling. Write someone a love letter or poem today. The world will be a happier place.
 

*List of 100 – this classic journal technique was developed by author and journal therapist Kathleen Adams in her book Journal to the SELF. ©1990, Warner Books

 

 

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About the Author

 

Life Coach, writer and artist, Susan de Wardt is a specialist in the use of transformative language, story and art to unleash full creative potential and self-expression. A masterful facilitator of process -- insightful, courageous, compassionate -- Susan excels at using reflective writing techniques to build the bridge from current reality to the highest actualization of dreams and visions. Susan is credentialed by the National Federation of Biblio/Poetry Therapists (NFBPT) as a Certified Applied Poetry Facilitator (CAPF), is a certified instructor and journal facilitator (CJF) through the Center for Journal Therapy and currently serves as President of the Board of NFBPT.

 

 

 

 



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