“a valentine for whatshername” by Herbert T. Schmidt, Jr.

i stopped writing poems
because i dried up inside
because i gave myself away
i couldn’t feel/think/be
a poem
while the sun sank into an indifferent sea
this may not be homeric
what i scribble to you
or pindaric
or shakespearean
or petrarchian
but the sun blazes again with fire
and rises brilliantly to the awakening day
of breath
of souls
of life
a small boy composes a valentine for a girl with bright eyes
he works with little craft
only his heart guides him
as he writes
roses are red…

Herbert T. Schmidt, Jr.

L. K. Thayer’s Foto Fetish

© 2011


  1. lkthayer · February 15, 2011

    I love this poem Herb, exquisite writing!! xoxo

  2. Susan Hayden · February 15, 2011

    Oh…here you go again…Happy Valentine’s Day to you + the girl w/bright eyes ❤

  3. Alexis Rhone Fancher · February 15, 2011

    Superb poem! Happy Valentine’s Day To You, too!

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