This year instead of the advicesisters.com annual “True Love” post for Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d lighten the mood. Here’s a poem going out to all of you and all of those that you love! I can’t claim authorship. In fact, the author is Ogden Nash, one of my favorite poets. In this poem, Ogden Nash eschews traditional “love” cliches and compares his love to more unusual things.
Would you love to get a poem like this from your special someone?
About Ogden Nash:
Frederic Ogden Nash (August 19, 1902 – May 19, 1971) was an American poet well known for his light verse, of which he wrote over 500 pieces. With his unconventional rhyming schemes, he was declared by The New York Times the country’s best-known producer of humorous poetry.
To give you a taste of his witty poetry style, here’s Mr. Nash’s take on the famous poem “Trees” By Joyce Kilmer. That poem contains the line: “I think that I shall never see / a poem lovely as a tree”; Nash adds, “Indeed, unless the billboards fall / I’ll never see a tree at all. He also wrote a poem about celery that makes me smile: “celery raw develops the jaw/but celery stewed is more quietly chewed!”
Valentine’s Day by Ogden Nash
More than a catbird hates a cat,
Or a criminal hates a clue,
Or the Axis hates the United States,
That’s how much I love you.
I love you more than a duck can swim,
And more than a grapefruit squirts,
I love you more than a gin rummy is a bore,
And more than a toothache hurts.
As a shipwrecked sailor hates the sea,
Or a juggler hates a shove,
As a hostess detests unexpected guests,
That’s how much you I love.
I love you more than a wasp can sting,
And more than the subway jerks,
I love you as much as a beggar needs a crutch,
And more than a hangnail irks.
I swear to you by the stars above,
And below, if such there be,
As the High Court loathes perjurious oathes,
That’s how you’re loved by me.
Happy Valentine’s Day!