Since the Middle Ages, Valentine’s Day has been associated with romantic love. In 1415, Charles, the Duke of Orleans, wrote the first known valentine to his wife in the form of a poem.
Today, the commercialism of the holiday scares away many of us. Forget all the trinkets! Allow yourself to revel in romantic love. Celebrate its physical sensations, the possibilities love creates in our lives, and the change love creates in the world.
Write an epistolary poem—a poem in the form of a letter. Be funny or sincere. Leave antiquated language aside (unless you’re going for slapstick). Make the words your own. You might write a poem to a past or future love. Perhaps you have a current sweetie.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
I knew you loved me when . . .
I knew I loved you when . . .
The love I fought for . . .
The love I longed for . . .