Editor John Daleiden, US




The Gauntlet of Love


Valentine' Day, a traditional annual holiday held on February 14, celebrates love and affection between intimate companions. The holiday is named after one or more early Christian martyrs named Valentine. The tradition was established by Pope Gelasius I in AD 500. Details related to the martyrs have been largely forgotten.

Today, Valentine's Day is traditionally a time for lovers to express their attraction to a companion by presenting flowers, various confections and greeting cards, or Valentines. Since the time of Geoffrey Chaucer during the High Middle Ages, the notion of courtly love or romantic love has been associated with this holiday. Symbols of the day include heart shaped cards, doves and the figure of a winged cupid. The tradition of 19th century handwritten valentines has given way to the modern custom of sending and receiving mass-produced greeting cards. The Sketchbook haiku poets extend this tradition with the composition of Valentine's Day haiku.

The haiku of the Sketchbook poets express a wide range of emotions:

an expression of Romantic love:

starry-eyed lovers
kissing under the full moon...
Valentine's Day

# 01. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

Valentine Day
the roses more fragrant
than usual

# 79. Jacek Margolak, PL

a love overlooking superficial flaws in a companion:

Valentine's Day
if I've grown old and grey
he notices not

# 06. Audrey Downey, US

Even the animal kingdom seems to celebrate emotions of attraction similar to humans:

valentine's day—
the zoo chimpanzees
groom each other

# 04. an'ya, US

Chinese New Year...
the growl of the Tiger
on Valentine's Day

# 03. Willie R. Bongcaron, PH

a mutual love during which we humans resort to frivolous and / or impulsive behaviors:

our on-line affair
by a storm

# 08. Barbara A. Taylor, AU

breakfast in bed
we kiss away
the crunchy crumbs

# 62. Ralf Bröker, DE

last year's cards...
Valentine's Day

# 17. Barbara A. Taylor, AU

an unending and enduring infatuation with each other:

my heart my heart
my heart my heart
Kiss Me!

# 38. Ed Baker, US

the old couple
falling in love again...
flood of memories

# 89. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

expressing sadness and sometimes bitterness due to a broken or disconnected relationship:

Valentine's Day card
returned to sender—
address unknown

# 88. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

inside her card
this year's
child support notice

# 36. Ed Baker, US

a shy expression of love and or admiration:

love song...
a lad hides a bouquet
behind his back

# 30. Willie R. Bongcaron, PH

expressing anxiety or uncertainty in a love relationship:

Valentine’s day
the untrodden snow
around the mailbox

# 83. Bouwe Brower, NL

an over zealous expression of love on Valentine's Day:

Valentine's Day card
from my insurance agent

# 21. Ed Baker, US

love month...
whom shall I embrace
on Valentine's Day?

# 22. Willie R. Bongcaron, PH

a love that endures in spite of the ravages of time:

Valentine's Day—
repeating their vows
sixty years later

# 92. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

valentine's day
we slow our pace
around the pond

# 40. Cindy Tebo, US

Valentine's Day:
widower at the cemetery
clutching last year's card

# 80. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

a fear, or hurt expressing the rejection of someone's love:

Valentine's Day...
last year's card
still unopened

# 74. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

bitterness, disappointment and rejection are sometimes expressed:

Valentine’s Day
after the wedding
divorce 101

# 55. Patricia Carragon, US

Valentine’s Day
Cupid can’t shoot straight
No wonder I’m still single

# 67. Patricia Carragon, US

expressing a longing for love and fulfillment of an ongoing relationship:

Valentine’s Day
in a crowd of couples

# 49. Patricia Carragon, US

Valentine’s Day
there are more frogs
than princes

# 51. Patricia Carragon, US

Clearly, these Sketchbook haiku poets have captured a broad sense feelings that humans express on the traditional Valentine's Day, February 14.

I extend a hearty thank you to the participants of this thread.

John Daleiden, Sketchbook editor.









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