Valentine’s Day Poetry Competition – The Results

Roses are red, violets are blue, we can’t wait to share these competition results with you! To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we asked you to send us your best poems about love; whether they were witty, soppy, romantic or sad.

The submissions we received were incredibly heartwarming, and as always, we’re proud to have such a talented community! Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day or not, something most of us can relate to – in one form or another – is love, so we hope you’ll enjoy reading through these poems just as much as we did.

Without further ado, here are some of our favourite entries…

Light Of My Life

By Natalie Ellis (Scarborough)

He greets me in the morning

Bursting in the room

Lighting up the shadows

He sweeps away the gloom.


His smile endears you to him

Such a happy smiling face

He’s adored by many people

And is never out of place.


Outdoors he’s in his element

Ignoring rain and snow

He weaves his magic in the garden

To make the flowers grow

 

And at days ends when he’s yawning

The darkness falls in vain

I know that in the morning

Like the sun he’ll shine again.

Valentine, Valentine, where can you be?

By Anita Langley (Carmarthenshire, South Wales)

VALENTINE, VALENTINE, WHERE CAN YOU BE?

I’VE SEARCHED HIGH AND LOW FOR THE ONE THAT’S FOR ME

VALENTINE, VALENTINE, WHERE HAVE YOU GONE?

IS IT BECAUSE I’VE PUT LOCKDOWN WEIGHT ON?

VALENTINE, VALENTINE, COME AND BE MINE

I PROMISE I’LL CUT BACK ON CHOCOLATE AND WINE

VALENTINE, VALENTINE, SAY I’M THE ONE

GIVE ME COMMITMENT AND STOP MAKING FUN

VALENTINE, VALENTINE, WE’VE ARGUED AND FOUGHT

AND NOW I’M BEGINNING TO HAVE SECOND THOUGHTS

VALENTINE, VALENTINE, YOU’RE NOT SUCH A MAN

A REAL ONE WOULD LOVE ME FOR ALL THAT I AM

VALENTINE, VALENTINE, I MAY NOT BE PERFECT

BUT NEITHER ARE YOU, WHICH MAKES YOU MY REJECT.

VALENTINE, VALENTINE, THERE IS THE DOOR

I’VE COME TO MY SENSES, DON’T NEED YOU NO MORE!

Endlessly

By Reece Hudson (Northwest of England)

I trust her fully within my heart of hearts.

For life’s will takes a hold of each destiny,

Trapping in time our past so that it starts.

Longing I stand and await her endlessly.

In her, I found stillness and peace in love.

My world expanded beyond understanding.

The Earth fell away to the heaven above.

Soaring I felt elated beyond my standing.

A long winding pathway lies ahead of us,

With winding twists and turns laid out ahead.

We will bear this together with little fuss.

As we approach the day that we are wed.

But in truth, I can say if only you knew,

How much I am truly in love with you.

Middle Aged Valentine

By Carol Bastie (Northwood)

I have not tried Internet Dating,

Or written to “Lonely Hearts”,

I’d really like a soulmate,

Who’s attractive and reasonably smart.


I’ve not tried speed-dating either,

Or downloaded an App,

I enjoy most types of music,

But I really can’t stand Rap!


The modern ways of meeting,

Might be good for some…

But I’m not into technology,

I find it all so wearisome.


A man with good manners,

Who will treat me with respect,

With delightful conversation…

Is that too much to expect?


So, if my ideal man is out there,

Who feels the same as me…

We could get together…

Or I’ll join the Nunnery!

Rubbish

By Ann Smith (Rochester, Kent)

I’ve just run over a plastic bag crumpled and wet from rain

It just jumped out in front of me, but I didn’t cause it pain

The plastic bag it quivered, and then was off again

I’ve just run over a plastic bag that was lying in the lane.

 

I’ve just run over an empty tub, it went with such a pop

As the plastic all but flattened it fired off its top

I felt remorse I was on course, and didn’t want to stop

So I checked my rear view mirror, and headed for the shop.

 

I’ve just run over a tatty shoe it couldn’t even whine

I didn’t try to miss it ‘cause I knew it would be fine

Some say my driving’s dodgy, and they say I’m in decline

But there’s now’t that’s wrong with my brain, as the shoe, it wasn’t mine.

 

I’ve just run over a black bag, and now I must confess

I didn’t swerve to miss it as it would have been useless

Now litter strays across the street, and its contents are a mess

Did I mean to act the vandal, I know, but you can guess.

 

I’ve just run over a cardboard box it gave off quite a hiss

It was big and brown and tempting, and I couldn’t really miss

I knew what I was doing, and now I’ll tell you this

Each time I ran it over it felt like total bliss.

 

I received a card this morning, Valentine’s Day it came

But unfortunately he signed with love, to a different lady’s name

Now I’m not some silly woman, but I think I’ll plead insane

Because I just ran over my husband, and he’s lying in the lane.

 

A Valentine’s Day Poem For My Husband

By Anne Lyons (Shropshire)

Roses are red

Violets are blue

I guess you’re expecting

“How much I love you!”

 

You’re wrong yet again,

Just like every time

It’s certainly true 

But it isn’t my rhyme!!

 

So … Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

For 20 years 

I’ve been married to you!

 

We’ve had ups and downs,

Good times and bad,

But I’ve no regrets

For the years that we’ve had.

 

Life’s never been dull,

Too busy for us

You’re coping quite well –

With minimal fuss!!

 

One dog, three children,

Four cats, horses too,

How lucky I am

There is only one you!!

 

Twenty years married,

To come, twice twenty or more.

So much has happened,

Dare you think what’s in store!!

Passion by candle light

By Lucy Healy (Epsom, Surrey)

The softness of candle light, encompasses the room like a comfort throw.

Enveloping our bodies with the embrace of enlightenment, as we gaze into each other’s eyes.

 

Our imagination wanders off into lands of enchantment, as contours resemble exotic lands of fantasies, that embody our very senses.

Eager to journey, this flow of empowerment that burns our desires.

 

That of fragrant fields, rising with every breath, the warmth pounding our beating hearts.

Sensations flow with each tender touch, like that of a velvet peach.

Evoking out inner bodies with pleasure, this soft light that glows on my skin,

now burns like a torch within.

 

It’s temptation, like that of a forbidden fruit.

Exquisite and there for the taking.

How I run my fingers over gentle terrain.

I’m in a dream like realm, a state of euphoria,

Where love entwines us like vines on a tree.

 

An overwhelming burst of energy washed over me, like the pulling of tidal waves.

I’m transported to the edge of the stars,

and beyond.

I’m floating on a raft or flying on a magic carpet.

This land of contours, this exquisite  journey of passion and romance.

In the glow of candle light.

You

By Chris Lee (Royston, Hertfordshire)

How I could sing your praises

Declare a love that’s true

But beyond all words of love, my friend

Just one word matters – you

I love you

By Duangta Pruggmayer (Staffordshire)

I love you

What can I say

     LOVE
     HEART
    LIFE
   FOREVER

For My Husband

By Alice O’Shea (Cullompton, Devon)

What a year it has been!

Just look at us now

We’ve faced some trials

and tribulations

Our shelves are full

of medications

Our joints are stiff

Our knees are weak

All in all

It’s looking bleak

and yet, despite

our sorry plight

I know our love ️

will see us through

this time of consternation

 

Under a marshmallow duvet

We’ll cuddle up

and set the world to rights…

Trump and Boris

Climate Crisis

Coronavirus

ArTHritis…

and other ‘local’ blights

It’s you and me against the world!

and though it makes us blue

there’s nowhere I would rather be

than in THIS WORLD with you

Final thoughts…

We hope that you enjoyed reading through these Valentine’s Day themed poems; and perhaps they’ve even inspired you to write some poetry of your own.

Because love is an emotion that nearly all of us can relate to in some way – whether that be romantic love, love for family and friends; or even love for a pet – it can make for a great starting point if you’re looking for something to write about. Or, for some further inspiration, you might also want to check out the results of our previous poetry competition here.

Poetry can also be a great activity for helping us to stay mindful. If you’d like to find out more about this, then have a read of our article; How to use Haiku poetry for mindfulness.

Thanks again to everyone that took part – keep your eyes peeled for our next competition!

Do you write poetry? Were you inspired by any of the poems above? Are there any other competitions you’d love us to run? Leave us a comment below, or join the conversation over on the poetry section of the community forum.

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