If ever there was an excuse to pamper oneself and pig out on chocolate, guilt free, Valentine’s Day is it. Maybe that’s why it’s one of my favourite special days of the year.

Here are a few poems from Joseph Robert and I that are either romantic, or sentimental, or both. Hope you can enjoy them whether you’re looking for love, loved up, or simply loving being single.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day to all!

 

1. A poem for those looking for love:

 

Landmass

By Leilanie Stewart

First published in Jellyfish Whispers (2013).

 

There is a lone                                 stack

standing out at sea,                         a sad

promontory that’s                             jutting

beyond the riptides.                         I often

watch it and wonder                         why

there’s only one,                              because,

surely if it was formed                     by erosion

there’d be more along                     the coast

This is a desolate beach                 to walk along

and when I go there by                   myself, I try to

imagine that under the       surface of the water

the cliff and the stack are touching, holding

onto one another through the swells, and

though the peaks and troughs will do their

damage, what is under the surface will

never be erased, and never be separated.

 

2. A poem for those who are loved up:

 

Mate

By Joseph Robert

First published in Black Mirror Magazine (2014)

 

Playmate, soul mate, helpmate, workmate, housemate,

Fuck mate, and fellow coconspirator,

You’ve checkmated my heart,

Each morning and night, year upon year,

That’s it,

We’ve both won,

And have our season tickets for front row seats,

To the all-nighter matinee,

That is the raucous comedy of life,

Snuggle up close,

For I’ve never heard anything half as wondrous,

As your knowing laugh,

Let’s celebrate, together, again and to the end,

Let’s enjoy the show!

 

3. A sentimental poem for all:

 

This is the soppiest I can get

By Leilanie Stewart

First published in Nostrovia Magazine (2013).

 

The world was full

Of upside down teardrops

You turned them around

And made them into hearts

You stuck them on

A sheet of cloth

I wore them proudly

It’s the toughest fabric I know

Because you wove

A part of yourself into it

Just for me.

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is a novelist and poet. Her debut novel, Gods of Avalon Road was published by Blossom Spring Publishing in October 2019. Leilanie has also published four poetry collections: Chemotherapy for the Soul (Fowlpox Press, 2017); A Model Archaeologist (Eyewear Publishing, 2015); Toebirds and Woodlice (Meandi Books, 2012); Metamorphosis of Woman (Meandi Books, 2012), satirical novella Zombie Reflux (Meandi Books, 2014) and surreal novelette, Til Death do us Boneapart (Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, 2017). Leilanie is also Editor in Chief of Bindweed Magazine, a poetry and fiction online magazine that also publishes a quarterly print anthology. She currently lives in Belfast with her writer and poet husband, Joseph Robert and their rambunctious toddler, a voracious reader of dinosaur board books. Literary blog: https://leilaniestewart.com/ Meandi Books: http://meandibooks.bigcartel.com/ Bindweed Magazine: https://bindweedmagazine.wordpress.com/

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