7 Poems We Have a Crush on This Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day has finally arrived! Get ready for teddy bear-shaped bouquets, hand-holding couples and chocolate galore. Real talk though—the celebration of romantic partners is not the only love worthy of celebration. Love is celebrating your favorite things (rom-coms in my case!). Love is receiving the truth. Love is knowing what we most desperately need comes from within. In the spirit of such thinking, here are 7 heartfelt poems embodying BOTH the magic and difficulties of love in all its forms:

1. A Poem Celebrating Personal Standards 

She didn't want love

She wanted to be loved 

And that 

Was entirely different 

-Atticus

2. A Poem Depicting Love’s Ability to Unify

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in

my heart)i am never without it(anywhere

i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done

by only me is your doing,my darling

i fear

no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want

no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)

and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant

and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows

(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud

and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows

higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)

and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

-EE Cummings 

 

3. A Poem Confirming Existence

I took a deep breath and 

listened to the old brag 

of my heart. 

I am, 

I am, 

I am. 

-Sylvia Plath 

4. A Poem Reinventing Love 

love does not look like a person 

love is our actions

love is giving all we can

even if its just the bigger slice 

love is understanding 

we have the power to hurt one another

but we are going to do everything in our power

to make sure we don’t 

love is figuring out all the

kind sweetness we deserve

and when someone shows up 

saying they will provide it as you do 

but their actions seem to break you 

rather than build you 

love is knowing who to choose

-rupi kaur 

5. A Poem Recalling Fuzzy Rom-Com Feels

I hate the

way you talk to me

and the way you cut your hair

I hate the way you drive my car.

I hate it when you stare

I hate your big dumb combat boots

and the way you read my mind.

I hate you so much it makes me sick;

it even makes me rhyme. I hate it,

I hate the way you’re always right.

I hate it when you lie.

I hate it when you make me laugh,

even worse when you make me cry.

I hate it when you’re not around,

and the fact that you didn’t call.

But mostly I hate the way

I don’t hate you.

Not even close,

not even a little

bit, not even

at all.

10 Things I Hate About You

6. A Poem Calling for Truth  

If you love me

For you what you see 

Only your eyes would be 

In love with me

If you love me

For what you’ve heard 

Then you would love me 

For my words 

If you love 

my heart and mind

then you would love me, 

for all that I’m. 

but if you don’t love 

my every flaw,

then you mustn’t love me—

not at all. 

-Lang Leav

7. A Poem Advocating Self-Love

If they choose not to hold you, 

remind yourself you 

do not need his arms. 

Not when you have two 

of your own. 

Hold yourself.

Remind yourself

that the love you

have to give is more nurturing 

than he can ever give you, 

and you deserve that love, 

a far more wholesome love than theirs.

-Nikita Gill

 

Each poem serves as a representation of life and love itself—short moments and phrases that work together to create a wondrous scheme of meaning, rhythm and unpredictably. We hope that these poems will help remind you to always save room for love not only on Valentine’s Day, but every day of your life!