Ogden Nash

(August 19, 1902 – May 19, 1971 / New York / United States)

To My Valentine


More than a catbird hates a cat,
Or a criminal hates a clue,
Or the Axis hates the United States,
That's how much I love you.

I love you more than a duck can swim,
And more than a grapefruit squirts,
I love you more than a gin rummy is a bore,
And more than a toothache hurts.

As a shipwrecked sailor hates the sea,
Or a juggler hates a shove,
As a hostess detests unexpected guests,
That's how much you I love.

I love you more than a wasp can sting,
And more than the subway jerks,
I love you as much as a beggar needs a crutch,
And more than a hangnail irks.

I swear to you by the stars above,
And below, if such there be,
As the High Court loathes perjurious oathes,
That's how you're love by me.

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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  • Yuqing Yan (2/27/2009 9:16:00 AM)

    after valentine's day, he taught this poem at his poetry corner. he told his students that he was not good feeling to teach today. during V's Day, i was in Guilin. (Report) Reply

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