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