Will You Be My Valentine? Reply

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Buster Brown, America’s First Comic Strip Character
Created by Richard Felton Outcault, inventor of Modern Comic Strips

If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.
American Author and Poet: Maya Angelou

Kisses are a better fate than wisdom.
American Poet: e.e. cummings

Le cœur a ses raisons que la raison ne connaît point (The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing.) French Philosopher: Blaise Pascal

Valentine’s Day is an American tradition with over 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards sold every year…probably more than any other holiday including Christmas. Grade school teachers are at the top of the list of the people receiving the most valentines. I remember as a school child, making a mailbox that I put on my desk and distributing my own valentine cards to my teacher and classmates. It was always exciting to open up the little letters and read the different lines of poetry written on each one of them. Of course some of them were sent anonymously whereas others were signed by those I secretly had a crush on…Puppy Love!

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2nd Grade in US Exchanging valentines

The most common symbols we used were the heart, roses and of course the Roman God of love Cupid (based on the Greek God Eros) who used his arrow to strike the hearts of people.

The tradition of sending greeting cards known as “valentines” started in 18th century England after the greatest poet of the Middle Ages (1360), Geoffrey Chaucer, associated romantic love with this day based on the tradition of courtly love….ah!

Of course the most famous poem in modern day American poetry which is used over and over again on Valentine’s Day is I carry you in my heart by e.e. cummings. It is a poem that describes how one’s life is changed forever when it is possessed by the love of a special person. Life can never go back to the way it was before. And because of that love, we are strengthened forever…

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[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]

By E. E. Cummings 1894–1962 (written in 1952)

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
                                                      i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)


And here is e.e. cummings poem set to music. It is a beautiful musical rendition of i carry your heart in mine performed by the Los Altos High School Main Street Singers choir near Mountain View, California. The  music was written by American Composer Z. Randall Stroope and recorded at the Palo Alto First United Methodist Church. The director is Mark Andrew Shaull (Main Street Singers). Debra Yowell is playing the piano and Nicolas Chu the violin. The soprano solist is Nicole Shorts. Apparently Mr. Stroppe wrote this song for Haltom High School. Bravo!

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