Love Poems for Valentine's Day: Guaranteed To Throw Sparks Or Your Money Back.

Photo Credit: aliança by Rodrigo GianesiFor some people Valentine's Day is easy. They sow Necco Sweethearts like grass seed, believing each little saying imprinted on each little pastel-tinted heart to be meaningful if not oracular. Then there are the conspiracy theorists who claim to have documented proof that the Truffle Makers' Guild and the equally nefarious Greeting Card Poets' Bund are behind the whole charade.

And then there are the rest of us, swinging between hope and despair.

Like on tax day, the threat of long dark nights in chilly beds compels most of us to trudge through the traditional rituals of Valentine's Day with as much sincerity as we can muster. Myself, I'm actually looking forward to filing my return on April 15 because it means that during the last year some actual income actually incame, and given my spotty employment history and the state of the economy, that is something for which I am grateful. But I will dread February 14 as always, and as always it will leave me feeling guilty for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is that my spouse has put up with me for far longer than even a delusional narcissist like myself could rightly expect and I know that truckloads of chocolates and whole forests of roses cannot express how thankful I am for that.

Below are some poetry collections from Harris County Public Library's shelves. Memorize a sonnet for your beloved.You'll thank me later.

The 100 Best Love Poems of All Time / edited by Leslie Pockell
100 Love Sonnets (Cien sonetos de amor) / Pablo Neruda
Arabian Love Poems: Full Arabic and English Texts / Nizar Kabbam
Bicycles: Love Poems / Nikki Giovanni
Bleeding Hearts: Love Poems for the Nervous and Highly Strung / edited by Michelle LovricCover Art: Bleeding Hearts: Love Poems for the Nervous and Highly Strung
Classic American Love Poems / the editors of Hippocrene Books
Classic English Love Poems / edited by Emile Capouya
Classic French Love Poems / edited by Lisa Neal
%3English Love Poems / chosen by John Betjeman
The Faber Book of Love Poems : Love Expected, Love Begun, The Plagues of Loving... / edited with an introduction by Geoffrey Grigson.
Falling Hard: 100 Love Poems by Teenagers / edited by Betsy Franco
From the Cables of Genocide: Poems on Love and Hunger / Lorna Dee Cervantes
Indian Love Poems / selected and edited by Meena Alexander
Ireland's Love Poems: Wonder and a Wild Desire / edited by A. Norman Jeffares
A Lion's Hunger: Poems of First Love / Anne TurnerCover Art: Indian Love Poems
The Love Debate Poems of Christine de Pizan / Barbara K. Altmann [electronic resource]
Love Poems from Spain and Spanish America / selected and translated by Perry Higman
Love Poems of Ahmad Shamlu / poems translated by Firoozeh Papan-Matin & Arthur E. Lane
The Love Poems of John Keats: In Praise of Beauty / selected by David Stanford Burr
The Love Poems and Sonnets of William Shakespeare / illustrated by Vera Bock
On Love: Poems / Edward Hirsch
Ovid, The Love Poems / translated by A.D. Melville
Poemas de Amor de Rumi / ediccion de Deepak Chopra
Poems Between Women: Four Centuries of Love, Romantic Friendship and Desire / edited by Emma Donoghue
Poems of Love and Marriage / John Ciardi
%Poems to His Beloved: The Early Love Poems of W. B. Yeats /
A Reasonable Affliction: 1001 Love Poems to Read to Each Other / edited by Sally Ann Berk and James Gordon Wakeman.Cover Art: What Lips My Lips Have Kissed
A Rock Against the Wind: African American Poems and Letters of Love and Passion / edited by Lindsay Patterson
Rumi, The Book of Love: Poems of Ecstasy and Longing / translations and commentary by Coleman Barks ; with John Moyne ... [et al.]
Sonnets from the Portuguese and Other Love Poems / Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Tình yêu như lửa ấm : thơ tình song ngữ (The Fire of Love): Bilingual Love Poems / Minh Viên
The Treasury of Mexican Love Poems, Quotations and Proverbs / edited and translated by Enriqueta Carrington [in Spanish and English]
Voices of Love / edited by J. D. McClatchy [CD]
What Lips My Lips Have Kissed: The Loves and Love Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay / Daniel Mark Epstein

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A whole sonnet? 14 lines...

A whole sonnet? 14 lines... bah humbug, too much work. Here's one from Whitman, much shorter: "O you whom I often and silently come where you are that I may be with you, / As I walk by your side or sit near, or remain in the same room with you, / Little you know the subtle electric fire that for your sake is playing within me." See? So much easier. (And you think *your* wife has a lot to put up with.) Kidding aside, love poems! what a great reason to pick up some poetry at the library to read--especially if you've never tried poetry before. The above suggestions are great!