To My Valentine Poem by Ogden Nash

To My Valentine

Rating: 3.5

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 loved by me.

Monday, January 13, 2003
Topic(s) of this poem: valentine
Yuqing Yan 27 February 2009

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.

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Indira Renganathan 14 February 2017

Is there anything else more than this to say about one's love.....superb- 10++++

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Bharati Nayak 14 February 2017

Love and hatred are two diagonally opposite emotions.A lover who is in deep passion may go through these two emotions - - if faced with betrayal..

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Sylvaonyema Uba 14 February 2017

Ii love you more than a duck can swim Well expressed. Sylva w E

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Tom Allport 14 February 2017

ah, a true love poem wrote in the master class?

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Chinedu Dike 28 August 2022

Really a heartfelt poem exquisitely crafted with conviction

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Ratnakar Mandlik 08 February 2019

Fantastic flight of imagery and style of expression. Congrats on modern poem of the Day.

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Practicing Poetess 08 February 2019

A colourful, witty poem creatively comparing love in some quite unexpected ways! Very deserving of POD!

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Tom Allport 08 February 2019

A poem that is more than a poem? More of a declaration of Nash's heartfelt thoughts!

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Ogden Nash

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