Heart, Soul, and Rough Edges — A Gypsy Journey of Words and Wonder

Make Visible: Love and Attraction

I’m a poet with a particular point of view. In these next blog posts I’ll post poems on different subjects from my point of view. Each poem is an expression, through me, of inspiration or Spirit or emotion. What you see in this light is what you bring to the poem.

This particular poem, “Valentine,” was written in response to a challenge to write a Villanelle, a form of poetry. It was also written as a Valentine for someone I was attracted to at the time. Poetry, classically, portrays love and attraction. It’s not unusual to write a love poem. Some of our first attempts at writing poetry are love poems. Please try your hand at love poetry if you haven’t already.


Valentine (Villanelle)

Cupid’s arrows pierce my heart,
Despite love’s shifting sands
Never will we two part

Card stolen from Wal-Mart
More than eruptions from my glands
Cupid’s arrows pierce my heart

To get to you I took the BART *
IPOD plays my favorite bands,
Never will we two part

I feel the sting of his golden darts
Make of me any demands
Cupid’s arrows pierce my heart

Dressed up like a dime-store tart
You held me in your gentle hands
Never will we two part

Your eyes travel my Holy Lands
Ready for your commands
Cupid’s arrows pierce my heart
Never will we two part.

* BART-Bay Area Rapid Transit

© Anne Westlund

Come back on Friday, May 3 for Make Visible: Organization.

“Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen.”~Robert Bresson, French Film Director


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4 thoughts on “Make Visible: Love and Attraction

  1. Lin Neiswender on said:

    Love the poem, fine energy

  2. Anne Westlund on said:

    Thanks, Lin!

  3. DISCUSSION FORUM The forums are a place to talk about poetry in a community of literature lovers.

  4. I resist the temptation to show students how to improve what they’ve written. That kind of activity comes later, after much more practice in writing, when students show you they are willing and eager to improve. Remember what Grampa, in the comic strip “For Better of For Worse,” says about music lessons: “Playing an instrument is like falling in love. It’s only when you’re committed to the relationship that you’re willing to accept the work.” The same can be said for writing poems.

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