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An Oldie’s Valentine Love Poem

We met when she was seventeen,
The fairest maid I’d ever seen.
With eyes of blue and flaxen hair,
My mouth agape, I had to stare,
And wonder, if a girl like she,
Would ever choose a fool like me.

But now she’s just reached seventy,
And I’m still where I’ll always be.
I try to quell her doubts and fears,
Just like I’ve done for all these years.
The anxiousness she often gets,
When browsing on the Internet.

We never argue, never fight,
We must be doing something right.
From crocus poking through the snow,
To Summer’s dreamy afterglow.
Aquarius and Gemini,
It seems to work, I don’t know why.

We have no need of Valentines,
Expensive meals and dodgy wines.
With waiters looking down their nose,
In dinner suits and dicky-bows.
We’ll cuddle by the fire instead,
A glass or two… then off to bed.

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Jeff Eardley lives in the heart of England near to the Peak District National Park and is a local musician playing guitar, mandolin and piano steeped in the music of America, including the likes of Ry Cooder, Paul Simon, and particularly Hank Williams.


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9 Responses

  1. Wayne

    she was 21 and and now 75 we have 50 years married together, yours a wonderful poem, thanks.

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  2. Susan Jarvis Bryant

    Simply beautiful! Here’s wishing you many more perfect Valentine’s celebrations (in your own wonderful style) ahead. ❤️

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  3. Margaret Coats

    Jeff, I think she’ll appreciate the forthright voice in this homemade valentine–it adds a dapper touch to that daunting Internet. Happy Saint Valentine’s Day to both of you!

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  4. Brian Yapko

    Jeff, this is so very sweet, lovely and loving. A true pleasure to read. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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  5. Roy E. Peterson

    Your poem spanning the years of a life full of love well-lived portrays the perfect pairing throughout the years of contentment that does not require extraneous gifts, dinners out, or flashy experiences. Love is sufficient satisfaction for the soul or the loving pair.

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  6. C.B. Anderson

    I can relate to this, Jeff, because we have both turned seventy and have been married for over forty years. But I won’t tell you that we never argue.

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  7. Clive Roland Boddy

    Jeff, congratulations on this well-executed and engaging love poem which communicates to the reader via both structure and content. Charming and touching at the same time.

    Reply

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