Elena Plotkin


Happy Valentine's Day


'No roses, no chocolates, not even a card;
How easily my feelings you disregard? '

'My darling, my sweetheart, my love,
May God strike me from up above,
your feelings matter more than mine,
But please tell me wherein lies my crime,
Flowers will wilt and chocolates will melt,
How can a card express a love that is felt? '

“No jewelry, no lingerie, not even a teddy bear;
How little for me do you seem to care! ”

'My darling, my sweetheart, my love,
May God strike me from up above,
I care for you more than I do for anyone,
But please tell me what crime have I done.
Jewelry can be stolen and lingerie you wear for me,
Do you really want a teddy bear that will get dusty? '

“No dinner, no movie, not even a single kiss;
How unimportant I must be for you to be so remiss.”

'My darling, my sweetheart, my love,
May God strike me from up above,
You are more important to me than life itself,
I think about you more than I think of myself.
Believe me, it was not my intention to be so remiss,
I’ll go get the pizza, the dvd, and here is my kiss.'

(C) 2014 Copyright Elena Plotkin

Submitted: Thursday, February 13, 2014
Edited: Monday, March 31, 2014

Topic(s): valentine


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Poet's Notes about The Poem

St. Valentine was sentenced to death for marrying soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians under the Roman Empire. St. Valentine helped heal the jailer's daughter and wrote her a goodbye note that was signed 'Your valentine.' Neither the note nor his healing of the jailer's daughter saved him from his execution. He died on February 14th. The anniversary of his death was choosen to be as the multinational day to celebrate love.

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  • Freshman - 2,044 Points Bri Edwards (2/26/2014 6:46:00 PM)

    thanks, elena, for bringing this poem to my attention AND for the professorial poet's note. i really enjoyed what the TWO had to say to one another and the rhyming was/is a real bonus. BUT it took me until the middle of the second stanza to realize why something seemed funny/peculiar. then upon rereading and close examination of the punctuation (that i cannot see well on this screen) , i figured out that two people, not just one, were speaking in a dialogue. for such as me, i feel you should make it more obvious, by maybe using two spaces between her words and his words and three spaces between each stanza.
    like:


    i want to punch you in the face sweetheart.
    etc etc etc

    Go ahead i dare ya.
    etc etc etc


    Ok buddy, you asked for it.
    etc etc etc

    I'm ready. give it your best shot.
    etc etc etc


    You'll be sorry you didn't send a card!
    etc etc etc

    So what was the big..................OUCH! ! ! ! ! THAT HURT.
    etc etc etc
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    see what i mean?

    oh! and sometimes you used quotation marks and sometimes apostrophes to set off the quotes....typos?
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    i liked his choice of pizza, though chocolates are good too.


    thanks for sharing. to MyPoemList it shall go..............and not JUST because i like you. bri :)

    p.s. of course i am a MAN, but i must agree with the following lines even though no woman will give me credit for having a brain.

    But please tell me wherein lies my crime,
    Flowers will wilt and chocolates will melt,
    How can a card express a love that’s felt? ”
    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
    AND:

    Jewelry can be stolen and lingerie is more for me,
    Do you really want a teddy bear that will get dusty?
    ...........I like that you ignored rhyming here to make it funny.
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    i liked how you repeated remiss/kiss but in reverse order. ;) (Report) Reply

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