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Happy Valentine by Pete Crowther



The Sonnet is a poem of 14 lines - all iambic pentameters. The English (Shakespearian) sonnet normally has a rhyme scheme of abab cdcd efef gg. The Spenserian Sonnet has a scheme of abab bcbc cdcd ee. The Petrachan Sonnet is a sonnet in the Italian style with an 8 line section (abbaabba) and a 6 line section with differing rhyme schemes (e.g cdecde).


Happy Valentine (a Spenserian Sonnet)

by Pete Crowther


How can I tell you what you mean to me?

All words fall short of what I want to say,

Proof of my love though deep as any sea

Perhaps must be expressed some other way.

You cannot know how each and every day

Very seldom passes but I think of you

And warmly smile within myself, and pray

Lest anything should come between us two.

Eternally to you I will be true

Nor will I ever leave you in the lurch.

True love will always by itself renew

Its own clear flame that nothing can besmirch.

No tempest, fire, nor storm or avalanche,

Ever, Love, can think our love to quench!