14 Feb 2022

A Poem For Valentine’s Day

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Ogden Nash (1902-1971)

To My Valentine

More than a catbird hates a cat,
Or a criminal hates a clue,
Or an odalisque hates the Sultan’s mates,
That’s how much I love you.

I love you more than a duck can swim,
And more than a grapefruit squirts,
I love you more than commercials are a bore,
And more than a toothache hurts.

As a shipwrecked sailor hates the sea,
Or a juggler hates a shove,
As a hostess detests unexpected guests,
That’s how much you I love.

I love you more than a wasp can sting,
And more than the subway jerks,
I love you truer than a toper loves a brewer,
And more than a hangnail irks.

I love you more than a bronco bucks,
Or a Yale man cheers the Blue.
Ask not what is this thing called love;
It’s what I’m in with you.

2 Feedbacks on "A Poem For Valentine’s Day"


I miss the oldies. Jack Benny, Red Skelton, Iowahawk, Johnny Carson, Stan Freberg, the original Kingston Trio, Larry, Daryl and my other brother Daryl, Bob Newhart and Ogden Nash.

Okay, okay, I know Iowahawk is still around, but he’s on Twitter now and I don’t have a twitter account.

Hmmmmm. All of them are old white guys. I’m a racist, I guess.

bob sykes

What a truly bad poem.


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