6 Valentine's Love Poems, Picked by Our Writers & Editors

heart snowValentine's Day, whether we like it or not, brings out the best (and worst) love poems. Some let Hallmark do the poetic wordsmithing, others set their own pen to paper, but many of us rely on the greatest poets of our time to make sense out of love and put it into beautiful words.

I've polled several of the editors and writers here at The Stir to find out what poetry they go to when seeking a little love inspiration, and they have some beautiful favorites.

Won't you share your favorites, too? xoxo


6 Favorite Valentines Love Poems, Picked by The Stir Writers & Editors

Writer Jeanne Sager loves Pablo Neruda, particularly his "Love Sonnet XVII":

I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.

Writer Sasha Brown-Worsham loves a poem "Autumn Leaves" from the T'ang Dynasty:

There are always two cups at my table.

Editor Suzanne Murray goes for Shakespeare and his "Sonnet LVII":

Being your slave what should I do but tend
Upon the hours, and times of your desire?

Writer Heather Chaet swoons for e.e. cummings' "I Carry Your Heart With Me":

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;

Copy editor and writer Jill Baughman is smitten with "More Strong Than Time" by Victor Hugo:

Since I have seen you weep, and since I have seen you smile,
Your lips upon my lips, and your eyes upon my eyes ...

One of my favorite love poems for sure is "Bach, Winter" by Jane Mead:

Bach must have known
how something flutters away
when you turn to face the face
you caught sideways in a mirror
in a hall at dusk
and how the smell of apples
in a bowl can stop the heart
from beating, for an instant ...

What's your favorite love poem -- mushy or not?


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