St Valentine is coming. Pressure is on.
Have you ever wondered what would the perfect gift for your loved ones be for Saint Valentine? Have you scavenged on the Internet for hours trying to find the perfect gift: from expensive luxury products, trips, adventures, experiences, but still struggle to find something unique, that truly speaks to your love.
The way to truly find your way to someone’s souls is throughout the powerful magic of words. Write some candid verses for this Valentine. Make something different, something original, something that belongs to you and speaks to your love. But one might naturally ask that not everyone can be a poet, so how do you get to become one even for one day. You can try and read endless blogs, tips and strategies, but in the end the toughest job will be to find the will and the right words. In the end no one can really teach you how to write a poem; they can guide you but you’ll have to find it in you. The four ingredients you need are love (obviously), being yourself (honesty), pen and paper, and the will to try something different.
So the first thing you need to do is find your comfort zone, a quiet chill place away from the noise. Start by reading some great classic love poems like Neruda or Dickinson. However, do not get discouraged. You are not opting for grandeur, rather simplicity and originality. After all, sometimes it takes years even for a poet to find the right word, let alone write a poem. After that grab a piece of pen and paper and just stare at the blank paper. While doing so look within yourself for emotions. Ask yourself certain questions like what are your feelings telling you? What were the best/worst moments of your relationship? Your first date/kiss/ memory, fight, those small special things that we often tend to forget which when summed up they account for happiness. Write down some buzzwords of how do these moments make you feel, like joyful, peaceful, liberated, content, vulnerable, sad, selfish, anything. Your poem doesn’t have to be a unique masterpiece but it needs to speak to the person you are writing it for, so always be honest, heartfelt. Rhymes are cool but if you find it difficult, do not limit yourself, a free verse is even cooler and it lets you play with words a lot more. Or if it is impossible for you to start try acrostic poetry, which is based on the letters of someone’s name. So for example if your name is Jesus, or your partner’s name, write it down in a column and start writing something that comes in your mind, also connecting it with the city maybe where you first met and where you have your first memories.
Jamming all night here in Barcelona’s Born
Enchanted by the sound of birds in Sagrada.
Setting the sun holding hands at Carmel
Uttering love verses at the ruins of Gothic
Setting the seeds of our love in the city.
Try to avoid cheap dating lines, just be yourself and be funny. Avoid clichés such as I love you, or roses are red…, Always make the poem personal, so maybe a trip that you had together or a memorable lunch or some other experience.
Again a poem is not about rhymes, metaphors, structure, or beauty, it’s more about being truthful and trying. The gesture will be appreciated because you spoke from the heart to the heart. Even if your partner cannot understand it, they will most definitely feel it and even if you failed, you at least tried. Remember, all we need is love.