Valentine’s Day 2013
Copyright 2013 Chris Lorenz
A Valentine to all that I have loved
and love at present and will one day love
my dear ones, you know who you are and will
be always in my heart of hearts to hold.
My cherished friends and family you are
the center of my life, my heart of hearts.
Besides these precious treasured loves I hold
a multitude of others dear to me
well loved, yet perished in the fires of time
and others vanished from my sight yet not
at all forgotten and will never be.
Dear faces in the album of my past.
Then too there are those pearls of memory
strung on a string that dangles from my heart,
star spangled nights and gracious sunny days
filled with great joys and poignant happiness
that I remember only as a thread
woven into my tapestry of time.
These too I love: The taste of lemonade,
that curls the tongue and slakes the eager throat
parched for its twisted sugar-sour thrust,
the feel of slippers, plush on tired feet,
the softness of my pillow when at dawn
I curl myself around a morning dream.
These too I love, the poets of my youth
singing their tales of love and victory
the vivid rounds of sounds that boom again
fog horns of memory drilling the mists of time
to guide me back to other selves I was
that I may know the joy of those days now.
Loves I have many, more than I can count:
Beethoven symphonies, Chopin etudes
glimpses of Renoir, and Rembrandt too,
there are too many here to name but few
I cannot pick among my loves to choose.
I can but feel them as they fill my heart.
Encircled by my loves I feel them all.
I am a fountain gushing as I flow,
my love is borne upon its gentle waves.
My song sings through each note that weaves me whole
into my self that is all selves and more–
the I that is the All that is All Love.