And here they are, our three winners for our 2017 Valentine's poetry contest...
Three very different poems. Thank you to all of you who entered, we appreciate the support.
First Prize Winner:
Written by shortfoxwife in dedication to her husband and beautiful children.
I'm sure this is something you have heard,
"Love is more than just a word."
When I think about what love means to me,
Its not about what I hear, its what I see.
My smiling husband, full of pride,
As he gives our son a piggy back ride.
It's singing songs on some old back road,
Living for today, no fear of growing old.
It's painting a picture with my little girl,
And staring in awe at her cute, bouncy curls.
That ecstatic moment when your man takes a knee,
Promising to love you for an eternity.
Watching movies, making love,
Saying your prayers to The Man up above.
Next time you're brightening someones day,
Remember it's your gestures, not just what you say.
Second Prize Winner-
POEM by Sizzelle
What cliche betrays the heart of the needy, the timid, and the weak?
The silence of the bold is the passion I seek
Heart shaped bubbles and chocolate truffles, empty calories won’t fill the soul
And, if a diamond ring makes your heart sing,
Then you’ve sold yourself for a drop of gold
Oh the impetuousness of youth they say
But the grey and the restless also play
Little games on clever phones
The lucky lovers roll their bones
They turn and turn until the grave
Then gladly go their separate ways
I will not settle for fear of silence
Or tolerate the video violence
The games … the films that you adore
In which you are hero and I am whore
I pity those players trapped by your rules
I pity those brainwashed media tools
Who propagate the Book of Lies
‘Till all we trust withers and dies
They sell the roots of their family tree
For fifteen minutes on TV
My love is mine and all I need
My love is mine in words and deeds
My love is secret and I will not share her name
… For money or for fame
Third Prize winner:
To you - by Laurel B
It was instantaneous
You blew my mind
How did it even happen?
But there you were
You wandered away a few times
I should have known better
I couldn’t let go as much as I tried
The magnetism was too much
Time went by
I loved you more and more
I tried leaving you
But our friend said you needed me
Then you left
I knew she existed
But it was supposed to have been me
You said we were soulmates
You were supposed to rescue me
But you went off and married her
Then you came back
How could you?
Our love was intense
Our love was ferocious
But was it all a lie?
Was it even real?
We called it a day, it was inevitable
The colour to life has faded
I think of you everyday
My broken heart is yours forever