A Valentine For ALL the Year

While I may have a romantic soul, or is that because I have a romantic soul, I have little time for the shops full of red and pink at this time of the year. What was a romantic tradition has been turned, like many things, into a commercial imperative.

As my own little battle against this, I never buy flowers on/for Valentine’s Day as they are marked up ridiculously. I also make my own card. As I will not be with the love of my life on the day this year, it inspired me to write a sonnet praising love for every day of the year.

Here it is…


A Valentine For ALL the Year

Shop windows overflow with bright red hearts
As they try to sell more romantic tat
When New Year ends the marketing spree starts
But I remain ever immune to that

Love is not to be cherished just one day
A response to cleverly designed ads
We live and love precisely as we may
And shall not surrender to plastic fads

One day cannot hold all the love we share
Bouquets or chocolate an empty sign
For all the year you know that I am there
Not just the day held up by Valentine

Today is not supposed to bring that thrill
But I love you now and I always will


About dmlbooks

Dennis M. Lane is a British writer who left the shores of the UK in 1986 and hasn’t looked back since; he has now lived in South Africa for eleven years. His first poetry collection “8 Million Stories” was published in November 2010, followed by the collection of science fiction poetry and short stories “The Poring Dark” in September 2012 (two of the poems have been nominated for the 2013 Rhysling Award and another for the Dwarf Stars Award), his first novel “Talatu” in March 2013, and “The King’s Jewel” the first book in the five novel “Helix Key” series in August 2013. He is currently working on Helix Key Book 2 and a second collection of short stories (entitled "The Unmedicated"). When not writing, Dennis enjoys narrating and voice acting and recently set up Dramatic Voice Productions in order to take his interest further. To relax Dennis watches old movies from his extensive DVD collection, his three loves being science fiction B movies, Hong Kong martial arts, and anime. He has been presenting “A Review from the Jacaranda City” since May 2011 and has looked at classic old movies from “On The Beach” to “Creature from the Black Lagoon”.
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