Happy Valentine's Day!

14 Feb

Robert Indiana. Love. 1967. Serigraph.

Robert Indiana. Love. 1967. Serigraph.

Here’s a poem by former US poet laureate, Ted Kooser, who sent out 2,700 Valentine’s Day cards in 2007. He has collected those poems in a book called Valentines.

My favorite –

A Map of the World

One of the ancient maps of the world
is heart-shaped, carefully drawn
and once washed with bright colors,
though the colors have faded
as you might expect feelings to fade
from a fragile old heart, the brown map
of a life.

But feeling is indelible,
and longing infinite, a starburst compass
pointing in all the directions
two lovers might go, a fresh breeze
swelling their sails, the future uncharted,
still far from the edge
where the sea pours into the stars.

More on –
Ted Kooser Shares the Poetry of Valentine’s Day

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2 Responses to “Happy Valentine's Day!”

  1. Smita February 15, 2008 at 9:35 am #

    Heard this on NPR too yesterday….did you do anything “morantic”….??? 😉

  2. Luna February 15, 2008 at 9:37 am #

    morantic – yes – I do something morantic everyday!! – several times, in fact! Romantic – thats a different story altogether!

    😉

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