Valentine 1920 1280 Patrick Connors

Love will bring you ecstatic explosions
which build you up and bring understanding.
But this will make you realize
no matter what you have believed
the truest love is not a fairy tale
and won’t be achieved without sacrifice.

If you don’t think so, remember
Valentine himself was tortured
and beheaded because of love:
he made friends with King Claudius,
even gained his favour, but refused
to renounce what was most dear to him.

He gave his all for a love
which has been and is immortalized.
In the same way, we all must
Be prepared to pass through some trials
and become worthy of this love,
made ready for the one you love.


Patrick Connors

Pat Connors' chapbook, Scarborough Songs, was published by Lyricalmyrical Press in 2013, and charted on the Toronto Poetry Map.  Part-Time Contemplative, his second chapbook with Lyricalmyrical, was released in 2016. He is a native of Toronto, ON.

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