In Japan, Valentine’s Day isn’t a particularly romantic day – this is the day for ladies to give dark chocolates and presents to all their male colleagues (in addition to their partners), with the sentiment being returned on March 14th, White Day, the day when men must give white chocolate and gifts to all the ladies in the office!

As a former expat living in Japan, I shall do my bit Japanese-style with my poem, “This Is The Soppiest I Can Get“. Out of all my poems, this is the only romantic one I’ve ever written – enjoy!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is an author and poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has written four novels, including award-winning ghost horror, The Blue Man, as well as three poetry collections. Her writing confronts the nature of self; her novels feature main characters on a dark psychological journey who have a crisis of identity and create a new sense of being. She began writing for publication while working as an English teacher in Japan, a career pathway that has influenced themes in her writing. Her former career as an Archaeologist has also inspired her writing and she has incorporated elements of archaeology and mythology into both her fiction and poetry. In addition to promoting her own work, Leilanie runs Bindweed Magazine, a creative writing literary journal with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from publishing pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary lad, a voracious reader of sea monster books. CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

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