Yesterday was the regional competition for Poetry Out Loud (a national poetry recitation contest). My student Will, our school's representative, did an excellent job and placed in the top 5 which means he goes on to states in 2 weeks. One student recited this Billy Collins poem as his choice yesterday and it made me smile for the rest of the day thinking about it.
So here is a Valentine's poem for you to read to someone you love in the kind of way this poem describes.
Mine is for Sam, but sometimes he really is the pine-scented air for me, but probably not the pigeon.
by Billy Collins
You are the bread and the knife, the crystal goblet and the wine.
You are the dew on the morning grass
and the marsh birds suddenly in flight.
There is just no way you are the pine-scented air.
to being the field of cornflowers at dusk.
nor the boat asleep in its boathouse.
that I am the sound of rain on the roof.
and the basket of chestnuts on the kitchen table.