Lillian here, delighted to be tending bar on St. Valentine’s Day!
A few interesting facts from Wikipedia:
* The Feast of St. Valentine’s Day originated as a Western Christian liturgical feast day.
* The custom of sending cards, flowers, chocolates and other gifts originated in the UK.
* The earliest surviving valentine in English appears in the Paston Letters, written in 1477, by Margery Brewes to her future husband John: “my right well-beloved Valentine.”
* Valentine’s Day is mentioned by Ophelia in Shakespeare’s Hamlet (1600 – 1601).
And, of course, the image of the heart is prominent in valentines today.
When I think of the word “heart” I‘m reminded of a favorite segment on the old Mitch Miller tv show where they sang one of my father’s favorite songs: Heart of My Heart.
I still have an old poetry book of my mother’s in which she kept scraps of paper — all little poems with her handwritten notes and the date on them, sent to my dad when he was in the service for WW II. There’s also little poems sent to her by her best friend Franny. Those were the days when love letters were written in script and carried by the postal service….rather than tweeted, emailed or sent by FB message.
So, today I’m asking you to Have a Heart.
Include the word “heart” somewhere in your poem. Perhaps some will be clever and we’ll have to search for it: the art is divine; she art thine; hear thy self. Or you might talk about a brave heart, broken heart, your sweetheart, or be heartfelt in your feelings. So many ways to have a heart!
As always, please do observe the “rules of conduct” for dVerse – and for those of you new to dVerse, here’s what we hope everyone does:
- Write a poem that includes the word “heart” as the prompt suggests, and post it to your blog.
- Click on Mr. Linky below to add your name and enter the direct URL to your poem.
- On your blog, please provide a link back to dVerse: perhaps a statement at the end of the post referring to this prompt and linking to dVerse.
- Please also use dVerse as a Tag. This enables more folks to view our prompts and thus increases the readers of your poem as well!
I just took time off from my online chat to say hello and to post my poem – I’ll be back later to read and comment.
Excellent! Look forward to reading and imbibing today 🙂 Happy Valentine’s Day, Kim!
And to you, Lillian!:)
Happy Valentine’s Day from Bermuda! Bar is open….looking for lots of heartfelt posts. Serving red wines, sangria, cosmopolitans and all red drinks today. Or if you prefer something else, I’ll add a little heart rather than one of those little umbrellas! 🙂
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
Happy Valentine.. just came home, but only managed to write something dark and somber… 🙂 great prompt though, reminds me of the fact that I’ve never listened to a latino song that doesn’t have corazon in the lyrics.
Ah….the red hot Latina heart 🙂 Glad to see you at the bar, Bjorn. And glad you like the prompt. We’ll see if we have any hidden gems tonight! 🙂
I entered one based on my understanding of Rollin McCraty’s heart research.
I enjoyed it! 🙂 We are certainly not robots when we speak and write from the heart!
Walter J. Wojtanik said:
Sending a little heart from the Poet’s Heart. Happy Valentine.
And to you, my friend!
Hello everyone and thank you for hosting tonight Lillian! I have linked a haibun I created on 1st February for World Galgo Day about the good work of a great bunch of people with a lot of heart. I will swing by later tonight and again tomorrow to read xxx
Happy Valentine’s Day to you! Will swing over to read in a bit!
Happy hearts day everyone! Thanks to Lillian for hosting ~
I’m celebrating Valentine’s Day in Bermuda — we are here again for the month of February. It is a VERY popular holiday in Bermuda — many folks go out to dinner and there are special valentine entrees on restaurant menus.
In the US, it’s all about chocolates in heart shaped boxes and red roses. The little hard heart shaped candies pictured in my post, are a tradition here — and each year there is a contest to add new words to them! In reality, I don’t think they taste very good but they’re very fun 🙂
Glenn Buttkus said:
How lovely one of our prompt days happened on Valentine’s Day. I wonder how many times that has happened. A terrific prompt though, Lillian–so many word paths to trod while dealing with the depth, history & circumstances surrounding a Hallmark-induced forced upon us holiday.
oh….I so agree about the Hallmark induced holiday….but that’s why I was delighted to see the history and realize there is more, can be more. I supposed though, that every day should be a “heart” day with one’s life partner 🙂
paul scribbles said:
Evening folks and thanks for the prompt Lillian. I’ve posted once but suspect there may be another emerging. We’ll see.
I’m always happy to serve doubles at the bar 🙂
I am so enjoying the wide variety of heart poems but I am exhausted and it’s coming up for bed time. I’ll be back to read and comment some more in the morning. Night night!
Sweet heartfelt dreams, Kim! 🙂
Thank you, Lillian! I’ve just got up and had my daily cup of Raspberry Inferno tea while reading comments and this one popped up! I don’t know what time it is in Bermuda right now but I imagine it’s wonderful. Have a great day!
It’s now about 7:30 AM and it looks like it’s going to be a beautiful day! The winds have finally died down — been strong, making it cooler, the last two days. But cooler in Bermudean winter means in the low 60s fahrenheit….MUCH better than the snow and cold in Boston. We’re out and about, hiking, enjoying the ocean waves crashing into the rocks on these windy days. And watching the waves churning in the harbor from our deck. We do love it here! 🙂
Happy Valentine’s Day y’all ❤️ ofcourse this calls for a “Love Story” 😉 thank you Lillian for the lovely opportunity, this one’s for you!❤️
Lots of love,
So nice to see you Sanaa. Happy Valentine’s Day to you from Bermuda — the land of aquamarine waters and pink, yellow, aqua and bright colored houses! 🙂 Happiness is….Bermuda!
Not what I wanted to write today, at all. “why can’t I just get a therapist and a bottle of vodka like a normal person?”. I’m done.
Always good to write out feelings. I for one, appreciate your sharing.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
And to you! 🙂
Stepping away from the bar to go out to dinner. Shall return to imbibe more words! I’m leaving the door open….so please do post your heartfelt words this Valentine’s Day! 🙂
Hearts everywhere today. Just what our world needs more of!!!
So glad to see you here tonight. Happy Valentine’s Day!
Thanks for making me feel so welcome, Lillian.
Laura Bloomsbury said:
Lilian, I was very touched by the story of the poetry your parent’s shared and prompted to warm my heart on this most overused day of love
Hi Laura! I love looking at those old scraps of paper and seeing my mother’s writing and the dates….young love with a husband off to war.
I’m out and about in Bermuda today – just stopped in the country’s only library in the capital of Hamilton. Remember, the country has a total population of 65,000 and is just 22.5 miles long and at its widest point, just 2.5 miles! There’s free wifi here so will do some chatting and heartfelt reading! ❤. So fun to see you here!
Hello Lillian! Hello all else here. I am late. We were so tired on Valentine’s Day we didn’t open our cards. Tonight for that. What a wonderful prompt, Lillian. What a beautiful Snow Moon last night, with clouds curling around it and the moon playing pee a boo.
So glad to see you here. We’re out and about Bermuda today so that means on and off reading. Happy day-after-Valentine’s Day! ❤
Bermuda is a beautiful place to be in this Winter’s Day!
Love this Lill. Late to the party, but happy to be here. Spilling my heart. Filling my glass.
Happy Belated to all.
Ah….happy to have you! Late to the party, but I’ve saved you the treats and beverages too! I’ve had a Bermudaful day 🙂 Will jaunt over to imbibe your words 🙂