C.J. Heck

Rookie - 258 Points (August 10 / Born in Columbus OH - living in Florida)

A Valentine For An Old Love - Poem by C.J. Heck

In an old shoebox
hidden in the attic,
there rests among
my cherished things,
a Valentine
tied with ivory ribbon.
It was never sent.

The love it represents
is still as fresh
in my mind
as the scent of the roses
he brought me
every Wednesday,
just because it was
the day we first met.

So many miles and years
now lie between us.
The youthful he and I
have long since moved on,
and he'll never know
the regret I've felt
for what might have been
had I been free to love again.
The pain of that loss is
still fresh in my heart.

I’ll always love him.
I’ll always care.
He’s forever here
in my heart
and one more time
I wonder...
what might have been
had I put a stamp
on my Valentine
and dropped it in the box.

This Valentine’s Day,
as on so many others,
I send out this wish
from my heart to his:

“For what we had,
I wish you love.”


Comments about A Valentine For An Old Love by C.J. Heck

  • Cynthia Buhain-baello (2/15/2016 9:49:00 PM)

    Nostalgic and very moving poem, excellently written. (Report)Reply

    Cj Heck(2/15/2016 10:11:00 PM)

    Thank you for your thoughtful comment, Cynthia.

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  • Kim Barney (2/15/2016 9:22:00 AM)

    C.J., this poem is beautiful. How life could have turned out differently if we had made different choices! (I would still have all my fingers.) Congratulations on having it selected as poem of the day! (Report)Reply

    Cj Heck(2/15/2016 3:44:00 PM)

    Thank you, Kim. Your thoughtful comments mean so much.

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  • (2/15/2016 8:18:00 AM)

    Such a beautiful poem. It made my heart cry. (Report)Reply

    Cj Heck(2/15/2016 3:45:00 PM)

    Thank you, Camille.

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  • Souren Mondal (2/15/2016 7:21:00 AM)

    'I wonder...
    what might have been
    had I put a stamp
    on my Valentine
    and dropped it in the box.'

    So many love stories never begin just because we do not take that one step.. Tender regrets remain only at the end of it.. A beautiful poem that many, many of us will relate to.. Thank you for sharing.
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    Cj Heck(2/15/2016 3:46:00 PM)

    Thank you for your thoughtful comments, Souren.

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  • Akhtar Jawad (6/10/2014 11:35:00 AM)

    An emotional and beautiful regret. (Report)Reply

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  • (2/20/2007 12:04:00 PM)

    Again, this is a poem filled with sadness and regret. What might we have had if I had.... (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, February 15, 2007

Poem Edited: Saturday, January 15, 2011


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