Get inspired for Valentine’s Day with these amazing Valentine’s Day poems — written and submitted by you! Some of them are funny, some of them are clever and some of them made us shed a few tears they were so sweet.
Opening the shutter with heart aflutter,
I see rose-grasping lips and chocolate-bearing hands.
My legs are butter; I gasp and utter “Are those all mine?”
I hear a stutter, ‘Why yes, my beauty,
But only if you’ll be my Valentine’
– Linda Laing
When we first met my life was a mess,
no place to call home and no one could care less.
When I found you I found my reason for living.
– Elna Wessels
[Claire, we’ve got you covered with 10 ways to celebrate yourself this Valentine’s Day — no partner required.]
Jy is my drukkie
Jy is my stukkie
Jy is my uitgelekte kondensmelk blikkie
En saam bly ons n vrugte skommel slukkie.
– Kevin Nel
My wife is a gem, she’s really very sweet,
But when we fetch my mom, I ask her to sit in the backseat…
So I need to make it up to her, got loads of work to do,
Perhaps this gorgeous Lindt hamper will make my Valentine’s Day less blue?
– JP Botha
I’m not the cutest
I’m not the thinnest
I’m not a girly girl
I’m not the tallest
I’m not the fittest
But out of all the girls you chose me
– Busisiwe Putu
There was a young man from Pretoria
When I saw him “Deo Gloria”!
He is good, honest and kind
It’s difficult, such a man to find
He treats me like a queen
The gifts just have to be seen
I love him to bits
And he loves me, so we’re quits!
– Tracy Laubscher
My love, you have my heart,
I never want us to part,
There’s no doubt that we’re meant for each other,
And our love is so pure, and like none other,
Since you came into my life, I feel complete,
I am so lucky to have a boyfriend who is so sweet,
You’re all I’ve ever wanted and all I need,
All my expectations you do exceed,
I am incurably in love with you,
I cannot wait for us to say “I do”,
You are my King and my Everything,
You make my heart sing
— I love you ♥
– Kelley Petersen
I never quite told you this, how much you meant to me.
From first sight that first night I knew instantly
That you’d be the one for me.
Deep down in my heart I knew.
I know I’ve put you through things,
But I love you more each day,
And I doubt it’s ever going to change.
You’re good for my heart, my mind, my soul
You make me whole
Your love is so remarkable
A long sleep with langour
Sweet kisses that linger
Breakfast with bacon
And lots of love-making.
– Shirley Bowers-Van Rensburg
Love is inexplicable
It is that feeling that makes you feel unbelievable
It’s a moment in your life that is pivotal
When you love someone unconditional
It its at times unpredictable
Love makes you do things unthinkable
It awakens feelings inside you that make you feel invincible
Its like a story that is lyrical
But sometimes it makes you miserable
If your loved one does something criminal
Love is most incredible
Love is most invisible
In our lives love is integral
Love is most pleasurable
– Farhana Shaik
‘What is love?’
I hear them ask.
Is it the picture of a dove,
or “I need you to live” like an oxygen mask?
For me showing love was easy,
although it made me quite queasy.
He needed a kidney you see,
and I said, ‘Here, take mine, for free.’
So my man knows he’s loved,
He can’t say he’s not,
For when push came to shove,
I gave him the lot
– Yashmitha Padayachee
You are my Africa
Dry sense of humour, tender forcefulness, a bridge to connect our worlds.
My Sahara, my Nile, my Kilimanjaro.
You are my Europe
Majestic, larger than life, a soft river of energy emanating towards me.
My Alps, my Scottish Highlands, my Blue Danube.
You are my Asia
With your sea of knowledge, unity of thought, highest aspirations
My Caspian Sea, my Tibetan Table, my Himalayan Peak.
You are my North America
A gamble worth the stakes, a merry-go-round of fun, strong and pure.
My Las Vegas, my Disneyland, my Sioux Indian.
You are my South America
Integrity, endless patience, a basic but gentle human being
My Andes, My Amazon, my Inca.
You are my Australia
Energetic boomerang of love, instinctive nurturer, a mixture of nature
My Aborigine, my Dingo, my Island.
You are my Antarctica
Steadfast anchor, endless solid purity, yet pounding with empathy
My South Pole, my Glaciers, my Icy Place.
You are my world.
– Sonja Brown
You and me were meant to be
ups and downs, we ride them together
We may not be perfect,
but we are perfect together
– Jen Scholtz
Together we share life’s pleasures
You give me everything I need
I am at my happiest when we are together
There is no one like you
— every day with you is Valentine’s Day
– Bunita Smith
Whatever you decide to do this Valentine’s Day, we hope you enjoy it!