Wednesday, February 14, 2007

The Valentine

In honor of Valentine's Day here's a poem by Carol Lynn Pearson:

I loved
The valentines we made in school.
I never cut the hearts out flat-
The two sides would never match for me.
I always folded and centered
And scissored out a half a heart
That opened into perfect symmetry.
So they never had a side that was fat
And a side that was skinny.
I loved them for that.

I felt sort of nice and tidy that way
The day we saw the shape of our being one-
As if it had opened from some good design
That made two matching halves,
Yours and mine.

But I find we don't stay put like paper.
We are not comfortable with glue.
Your edges have shifted, stretched,
And mine have too -
But not to a pattern.
If we folded our halves up today,
They would not fit.
Occasionally I itch for the scissors,
I will admit.

Ah, well.
I will put away childish things-
Cut them off like braids.
We are no valentine, you and and I.
We are something so alive, so moving,
So growing, I cannot yet
Put a name to the shape.
I only know it goes on and on and on,
Pressing toward whatever border
There may somewhere be.

Your center and mine are one,
And between the halves there is flow.
That is much.
I will let the edges go.

I'm so grateful for the steady, safe, comfortable, loving relationship we have grown into across 39 1/2 years. It has certainly been worth the journey.


Megan said...

Hi Aunt Judy. I'm not very poetic, but I really enjoyed this Valentine poem. It's fun to learn while I read yours and Amy's posts. You both have a great way of expressing yourselves in writing. Thanks for checking out my blog. Oh, and don't worry about not being popular, because I find even though I don't get a lot of comments, a lot of people are still reading. You'd be surprised at how many people read your blog and just don't comment. So you really aren't writing just for yourself, keep it up!

Amy said...

This poem is beyond good. So true. Romance really is not what I used to dream of, but all in all it is so much better. I love this & might be posting it on my blog so it can be printed in my book.