By Sherry Pasquarello, Senior Columnist/worldwidehippies.com
Yes sweet hippies, Valentine’s Day has come round again. Now, no matter how you feel about it, it’s here. I hated Valentine’s Day when I was in grade school; in fact I dreaded it. I went to a Catholic grade school back in the fifties and we all had to decorated our Valentine boxes and then sweat it out waiting to see how many of those little cards we received. The nuns were not big on compassion in those days. There wasn’t the rule about giving everyone in the class a valentine in my school. Everyone in the class knew how many cards were in every damn box; just as every kid knew how much money every other child put in our little envelopes for Sunday mass because the nuns handed out a sheet totaling each kid’s amount at the end of the school year.
High school was o.k. I had gone from a shy kid with plaid cat’s eye glasses and a frizzy home perm to a 60’s teen who was cool with February 14th.
Valentine’s Day cards are still sold along with flowers and chocolates and jewelry but there’s nothing to me that is more romantic than a poem. Yeah, I can hear the moans as you read this and so if the thought of trying to write one for your love causes cold sweats or a rash I have the answer right here:
Pablo Neruda’s love poems are the most deeply romantic I have ever come across. I own a few of his books and they are magnificent. So here they are. Choose one that touches on how your feel about your lover and surprise them with a poem.
As for those who are alone this year. Things get better; take it from the geeky kid with the frizzy hair and nerdy glasses.