Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wishing you love and a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Sonnet 116

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

                – William Shakespeare


  1. My favorite sonnet by Shakespeare and Chaucey smiling at me on my computer screen.
    What a way to start Valentine's Day!


    1. Thanks Basil!

      Happy Valentine's Day to you and Tamara!

  2. Thank you for the wealth of GORGEOUS love poems and for that picture of your GORGEOUS little Chaucer!

    Happy Valentine's Day, Adele!


  3. Happy Valentine's Day!

    Love the pic of your new little guy, Adele! There's no love quite as unqualified as a dog's love! Here's a poem by Edgar Guest that I hope you and your blog readers will enjoy.

    A DOG

    By Edgar A. Guest

    'Tis a pity not to have a dog, for at the long day's end
    The man or boy will know the joy of Welcome from a friend.
    And whether he be rich or poor or much or little bring,
    The dog will mark his step and bark as if he were a king.

    Though gossips whisper now and then of faults they plainly see,
    And some may sneer, from year to year my dog stays true to me.
    He's glad to follow where I go, and though I win or fail
    His love for me he'll let me see by wagging of his tail.

    Now if I were to list the friends of mine in smiles and tears
    Who through and through are staunch and true and constant down the years,
    In spite of all my many faults which critics catalog
    Deserving blame, I'd have to name my ever-faithful dog.

    'Tis pity not to have a dog, whatever be his breed,
    For dogs possess a faithfulness which humans sadly need.
    And whether skies be blue or gray, good luck or ill attend
    Man's toil by day, a dog will stay his ever-constant friend.

    Máire Ó Cathail (Ireland)

    1. Maire,

      I love the Edgar Guest poem -- thanks so much for posting it!

      Do you celebrate Valentine's Day in Ireland?

    2. Yes, we celebrate here in much the same manner as you do in the US. Flowers, chocolates, celebrations, and love at the end of every rainbow!

    3. Thanks for posting this Edgar Guest poem!

    4. Yes, the Edgar Guest poem is great! Thanks, Maire!


  4. Happy Valentine's Day to you and to Chaucey! (Great picture of him.)

    Thanks for the rich assortment of poems!

  5. Thanks, Bob! Glad you like the poems (and the picture of Chaucey)!