On Valentine's Day

Promise me no presents
No gifts, no surprises.
Instead, gift me your presence
All gentle, all sincere.

This day is just an excuse,
A day that can confuse.
It’s not the expensive booze
Or the high-quality hotel city views.
It’s you that I decided to choose
For you’re someone I couldn’t imagine to lose.

You loved me through all my emotional blues
With all my mess and all my loose screws.
You always try to put yourself in my shoes
Just to understand my silly or crazy views.

This day is just an excuse,
A day that can confuse.
I don’t want a ride in a luxury cruise
Or even a romantic rendezvous.
It’s you that I decided to choose
For you’re someone I couldn’t imagine to lose.

I fell in love with you
Before I even knew.
And I honestly still have no clue
When it was that my heart really grew.
But for me, across the globe you flew
And look at all we’ve now been through.

I feel like these words are now overdue but…
I’m more than grateful to just have you.
I’m so glad to have fallen in love
With someone as loving as you.

Promise me no presents
No gifts, no surprises.
All I really need is your presence
All gentle, all sincere.

About this poem

I wrote this poem for my husband as my gift to give on Valentine's Day this year. I wanted to express my sincerity and love to him through this poem.

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Written on January 27, 2023

Submitted by anchor8hopes on January 27, 2023

Modified on March 14, 2023

1:13 min read

Quick analysis:

Scheme ABcD EEeeEE eeee EEefEE ffffff xfxf ABcD
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 1,168
Words 245
Stanzas 7
Stanza Lengths 4, 6, 4, 6, 6, 4, 4

Cristina Kim

Asian-American female living in New York. Growing up as a second-generation of immigrant parents was always a struggle for her. Mental health has also always played a big part in her life. She enjoys writing poetry whenever she is feeling down, for it seems to fill her life with meaning. Poetry helps her to realize and feel, which is what she would like to do for others with her poetry. more…

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  • Symmetry58
    I, too, had someone fly across the globe, Australia to America, that I fell in love with many moons ago. Needless to say, this hit home for me on a personal level. That you opened and closed with the same stanza is brilliant. You opened with love, honesty and heart, told a beautiful story, then closed with love, honesty and heart. Thank you for sharing yourself, Cristina. 
    LikeReply1 year ago
  • Sarmad
    I chose this poem as it reminded me a similar feeling I had/have.
    LikeReply1 year ago
  • Lynk
    Loved the rhyme scheme, thought it was thoughtful and beautiful. Altogether a good poem in my view.
    LikeReply1 year ago


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