Young, Broken Hearts

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub - Poetics: After St. Valentine's Day
he left the building.  (posted by sarahsouthwest)

"Write a poem about the Valentines that didn’t happen. The lost loves, the ones that didn’t work out: the holiday romance whose number you lost; the girl you chatted with on a train who was travelling to meet her fiancé; the guy who seemed perfect, but stood you up."

How stressful
is the practice
of young school
children being
asked to write 
Valentine cards
to each other? 
An exercise flawed
by the fact that some 
kids would receive 
many, and some,
few.  Obviously,
the handsome and pretty
would receive the most.
Young children made
to feel inferior.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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17 Responses to Young, Broken Hearts

  1. rothpoetry says:

    An interesting poem Sara. When I was young, we got a pack with enough for everyone in the class to have one. I can see your perspective, that it might not be the case in some classes. Perhaps parental supervision and encouragement could help prevent that from happening.


  2. davidatqcm says:

    wryly observed, thank you


  3. Sadje says:

    Absolutely true. It shouldn’t start so young.

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  4. Yes, it’s an uncomfortable practice. I don’t think it was anything like as big in my day.


  5. msjadeli says:

    They push kids to fit a mold that was broken a long time ago.


  6. Ain says:

    Oh yes…goodness you are so right…how Finland Valentines is not celebrated, and is called Friendship day for general friendship, as an effort to stopping this…


  7. It is such a silly exercise. I don’t know why the schools do this


  8. Ingrid says:

    I am sure the exercise would prove traumatic to some! I remember writing a Valentine to Hazel from Watership Down: fictional rabbits are much safer 😅


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