Jerry Nichols


I Released My Valentine - Poem by Jerry Nichols

do you recall? how first we met, that fountain in the city
in Montreal, I don't forget, your scent divinely pretty
it's nearly fall, I see you yet, with heaven's moonlight glancing
that starry ball, night's minuet, that set our two hearts dancing

not most your style, it played a part, not just that moonlit sky
not endless miles, of heaven's art, did cause me then to sigh
but all the while, what did impart, when first we chanced to meet
that beaming smile, it held my heart, and pulled me to my feet

perfect love, will not confine, so mine would not enshrine you
to be my dove, my valentine, that plan I was resigned to
allotted love's apt to decline, if not then to besmother
neglectful of, I gave all mine, but then you chose another

with inward rush, the sting of flies, to fill my eyes with tears
an icy slush, my soul's demise, a splinter froze my years
to cruelly crush, beneath, it lies, so wintering the hue
no other brush, could paint my eyes, a paler shade of blue

well out of place, and over time, one learns to dim the pain
by saving grace, an unsound rhyme, may wash away like rain
though human race, by common crime, will ever tend to hurt
best to erase, efface the grime, and graver wounds avert

so i released you

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Topic(s) of this poem: lost love


Poet's Notes about The Poem

the original draft contains no commas, but spaces - the site does not allow for this

Comments about I Released My Valentine by Jerry Nichols

  • (1/20/2013 11:44:00 AM)


    A very nice job, Jerry. I'm sorry you lost your Valentine, and hope you found another. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 14, 2013

Poem Edited: Tuesday, March 25, 2014


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