Poetry Friday is hosted at Big A little a today.
St. Valentine’s Day
by Edgar Guest
Let loose the sails of love and let them fill
With breezes sweet with tenderness today;
Scorn not the praises youthful lovers say;
Romance is old, but it is lovely still.
Not he who shows his love deserves the jeer,
But he who speaks not what she longs to hear.
There is no shame in love’s devoted speech;
Man need not blush his tenderness to show.
‘Tis shame to love and never let her know,
TO keep his heart forever out of reach.
Not he the fool who lets his love go on,
But he who spurns it when his love is won.
Men proudly vaunt their love of gold and fame,
High station and accomplishments of skill,
Yet of life’s greatest conquests they are still,
And deem it weakness, or an act of shame
To seem to place high value on the love
Which first of all they should be proudest of.
Let loose the sails of love and let them take
The tender breezes till the day be spent;
Only the fool chokes out life’s sentiment.
She is a prize too lovely to forsake,
Be not ashamed to send your valentine;
She has your love, but needs its outward sign.
Even though this is directed to men, I think it is important for all of us to take the time to let our loved ones know we love them. We all need “the outward sign.” And even though this should be a year-round activity, I love that Valentine’s Day provides a special opportunity to do so. For me Valentine’s Day isn’t just about romantic love, but any kind of love. It has always been a special family day for us.
Happy Valentine’s Day!