Happy Valentine’s Day!

Robert Indiana. Love. 1967. Serigraph.
Robert Indiana. Love. 1967. Serigraph.

Here’s a poem by former US poet laureate, Ted Kooser, who sent out 2,700 Valentine’s Day cards in 2007. He has collected those poems in a book called Valentines.

My favorite –

A Map of the World

One of the ancient maps of the world
is heart-shaped, carefully drawn
and once washed with bright colors,
though the colors have faded
as you might expect feelings to fade
from a fragile old heart, the brown map
of a life.

But feeling is indelible,
and longing infinite, a starburst compass
pointing in all the directions
two lovers might go, a fresh breeze
swelling their sails, the future uncharted,
still far from the edge
where the sea pours into the stars.

More on –
Ted Kooser Shares the Poetry of Valentine’s Day


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