Friday, February 14, 2014

A Saint Valentine's Day Ode

Within each heart there be
A longing, 'tis love's decree
The call to self and another true
The blessings of devotion on to you
Within each heart a questing fair
To embrace another with love's tender care
Within each heart a knowing divine
This ever yours, this ever mine 
Love to ever find its sacred way
This moment, this hour, this day.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

Georgia O’Keeffe', "Red, Yellow and Black Streak," 1924, oil on canvas.

"The popular customs associated with Saint Valentine's Day undoubtedly had their origin in a conventional belief generally received in England and France during the Middle Ages, that on 14 February, i.e. half way through the second month of the year, the birds began to pair. Thus in Chaucer's Parliament of Foules we read:

For this was sent on Seynt Valentyne's day
Whan every foul cometh ther to choose his mate.

For this reason the day was looked upon as specially consecrated to lovers and as a proper occasion for writing love letters and sending lovers' tokens."


  1. So endearing and lovely.
    Thank you for sharing this beautiful Ode to Valentine's Day, Rose Marie

    Love and blessings to you.


    1. Thank You Margie, Missed your call, was out giving a Gallery Talk... posted a message on to your blog. Do provide your number so that I can return your call. I look forward to being able to speak with you.

      Much love... many blessings...

      Rose Marie.

  2. Rose Marie
    So sorry I missed you....
    My home phone is 720-484-5647 and cell is 719-338-5906
    I am with Rose today but maybe we could speak on the weekend.
    Thank you dear lady for your caring,...

    Love to you.


    1. Saturday afternoon a bit after 4... Called left message... will call again later... <3.