Today is officially Day Three of our Cupid Countdown series and we are talking about writing! Some people have a way with words, but—let’s face it—others don’t. Lyrics and poetry have been some of the most popular ways of expressing your love for someone for hundreds of years. Surprise your significant other this year by giving them the gift of the spoken word. Don’t worry, if don’t have the creative touch, we have picked out some of our favorites that are a sure-fire way to make them swoon this Valentine’s Day.
Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18:
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm’d;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature’s changing course untrimm’d;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou growest:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
This one is a classic. You really can’t go wrong with Shakespeare—the guy knows his stuff. Our suggestion for delivery: carefully written out on a piece of paper and slipped somewhere special like under your sweetheart’s pillow or next to her coffee in the morning.
Juke Box Love Song by Langston Hughes:
I could take the Harlem night
and wrap around you,
Take the neon lights and make a crown,
Take the Lenox Avenue busses,
And for your love song tone their rumble down.
Take Harlem’s heartbeat,
Make a drumbeat,
Put it on a record, let it whirl,
And while we listen to it play,
Dance with you till day—
Dance with you, my sweet brown Harlem girl.
Langston Hughes was mostly known for his writings on American society, but he has a few love poems tucked away here and there. Our suggestion for delivery: take her dancing and whisper the words into her ear on the dance floor.
Total Eclipse of the Heart by Bonnie Tyler:
And I need you now tonight
And I need you more than ever
And if you only hold me tight
We’ll be holding on forever
And we’ll only be making it right
‘Cause we’ll never be wrong together
We can take it to the end of the line
Your love is like a shadow on me all of the time (all of the time)
I don’t know what to do and I’m always in the dark
We’re living in a powder keg and giving off sparks
I really need you tonight
Forever’s gonna start tonight
Forever’s gonna start tonight
In the mode of song lyrics now, this excerpt embodies of one of the purest and deepest lyrical displays of affection. Our suggestion for delivery: recite the words while you are cuddling. To set the scene, dim the lights down low and light some candles to create a peaceful and loving atmosphere.
That’s it for our suggestions. For more information on these selections, see the books we have listed below on our website!