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Valentine's Day
Richard Greene


I hear the windís sustained roar
and the sound of sleet
beating against the windowpanes
but any day is good, I say,
for the celebration of love.

© by Richard Greene.
Used with the authorís permission.

Richard Greene began writing poetry in the 8th grade, inspired by the opening lines of Longfellow's “Evangeline”—“This is the forest primeval. The murmuring pines and the hemlocks / Bearded in moss and in garments green, indistinct in the twilight"—which he was required to read in class. In college, after a classmate deemed Richard’s rhyming poem “trite,” he stopped writing until, a couple of years later, a class with Henry Rago, subsequently editor of Poetry magazine, inspired him to resume his efforts. But poetry fell by the wayside for almost forty years as a busy career in international development consumed his life. As retirement approached, however, Richard’s dedication to poetry returned; he has since published three chapbooks: The Broken Guitar: Poems of War; Becoming Old: Poems of Aging; Painting with Words: Landscapes in Verse; and one full -length collection, To Talk of Many Things: Selected Poems. Richard, who lives in Nyack, New York, shares a "poem of the week" with anyone interested; get on his mailing list by requesting it at



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Wilda Morris:
Posted 02/15/2020 10:31 AM
Lori Levy:
Short, but says a lot.
Posted 02/14/2020 05:47 PM
Richard Greene:
Thanks, Nancy. Nice to be in contact again.
Posted 02/14/2020 04:33 PM
Very fitting, given the weaher in Wisconsin right now. Short and to the point - the best kind of poem.
Posted 02/14/2020 03:56 PM
Bio as interesting as the poem! Love it
Posted 02/14/2020 01:24 PM
nancy scott:
Richard, lovely poem, So we meet again, Hopewell last,
Posted 02/14/2020 11:57 AM
Any day!!! Any time!!!
Posted 02/14/2020 09:41 AM
Jean Colonomos-1:
Posted 02/14/2020 09:35 AM

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