Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Celebrating Valentine's Day

At Wicklow Writers last Monday night meeting on Feb 13th we realized we were there on St Valentine's Eve, so as part of our Free Writing exercise we decided to write something inspired by St. Valentine's Day.

Here are some of the pieces - we thought you'd like to share them.

Valentine Love Poem

Love tapped at the door

Please let me in

No response

Love tapped again

As gently as before.

Only silence

Love waited then

Tapped again

Door opened

Would love go forward

Or wait a while


Love entered

Tip-toe tip-toe

Door closed

Cait Breathnach

Wicklow Writers


A Valentines Day Card was the highlight of a new year for us in the fifties. Looking back now to our innocence I am fascinated and intriqued by the little rhymes we exchanged. No big fancy cards just a plain sheet torn from the middle of our copies or a piece of cardboard from a cornflake packet. We covered the front page with big red X’s and hearts, wrote the well rehearsed verse on the inside. Ie

Roses are red , Violets are blue, Sugar is sweet And so are you.

Remember M Remember E Put them together Remember ME.

May your joy be as long as a rabbits ears, And your sorrows As short as his tail.

Waiting for an opportunity to sneak it into a boys schoolbag hoping he would recognize the handwriting, everyone vying for the same boy (the most handsome fellow in the class).

Long live the memories.

Nora Fleming.

Wicklow Writers


Put the kettle on luv

We’ll have a cuppa’

I’ve a bit of brack left

in the tin, will you have some?

Have you some for yourself so?

I have, we’ll have some together,

how was the meeting?

Fair to middlin’. A good turnout mind,

and plenty of shoutin’ from the usual voices

And did you learn anything by it?

I did – one way or another

it’s goin’ to cost us -

money we haven’t got.

But we’ll manage, somehow.

We will that luv, sure haven’t

we managed up to now and still here.

Indeed we have luv, indeed we have.

Martin Swords

Wicklow Writers