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Valentine's Day
C. F. Kelly


If some verses I design,
and I take you out to dine,
or I buy you sparkling wine,
will you be my valentine?

If my heart begins to pine,
and I toast with foamy stein,
or I tell you you're divine,
will you be my valentine?

If I'm floating on cloud nine,
and your beauty I enshrine,
or my feelings I define,
will you be my valentine?

If our hearts with love entwine,
and your suitors I outshine,
or I cease my constant whine,
will you be my valentine?

If a contract I do sign,
and I write more Byzantine,
or I act less asinine,
will you be my valentine?

If I ask you to be mine,
and on romance I opine,
or I reach the bottom line,
will you be my valentine?

© by C. F. Kelly.
Used here with the authorís permission

Cornelius Farrell Kelly wrote his first poem at age 12 when he fell in love with the girl across the street and put his work in her mailbox. She showed it to all of the neighbors, and Cornelius became the poet laureate of his block. Influenced early on by the poetry of Edgar Guest, Cornelius is the author of eight chapbooks, is involved with several poetry organizations, and publishes regularly. He is also a competitive swimmer. Cornelius lives in Pinedale, Wyoming.

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Posted 02/14/2016 03:08 AM
And he lives in Pine-dale! "...or I act less asinine"--how sweetly amusing and honest!
Posted 02/13/2016 01:36 PM
impressive assembly of -ine rhyming words!
Posted 02/13/2016 12:04 PM
Mary Lou Taylor:
Made me grin!
Posted 02/13/2016 11:27 AM
Simply charming.
Posted 02/13/2016 08:47 AM
Heck, I loved your poem. I'll be your valentine!
Posted 02/13/2016 08:44 AM
I REALLY like this poem. Your IF's cover all the bases! Janice
Posted 02/13/2016 08:34 AM
Sarah Russell:
ah, sweet gentle thoughts benign, and you didn't call her "kine" which would certainly malign such a perfect Valentine.
Posted 02/13/2016 08:23 AM
Oh so fine!
Posted 02/13/2016 07:45 AM
Oh, your words do me entwine, yes, I'd be your valentine. Karen
Posted 02/13/2016 07:16 AM
If I promise not to groan, will you write another poem? I LOVED this!
Posted 02/13/2016 02:21 AM

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