Thursday, February 9, 2012

"God is the Perfect Poet" - Robert Browning

I have a novel Valentine's idea for you today. Is it a little wacky? Possibly. Will it push you out of your comfort zone? Almost definitely. Will your loved one appreciate it? I hope so - the thought if nothing else. Also, it's free!

Here's what I'm thinking. See, my local library has been hosting an event this month called "Poetic Displays of Affection." They have a collection of poetry available and you can choose something to read or recite and they will record you and post it on the library's Youtube channel so that you may share with your loved ones.

I'm not going to make it into the library, but I thought I might do something similar at home. You should join me, why?'s different. So you get nervous just thinking about reciting a poem to your darling — that's okay! Me too! Benefit here is that you get to practice and record when you are ready. If you don't like it, you can always delete and try again. If you really know what you are doing, you can even edit it. And this way, you don't have to get all nervous in person. ;-)

Okay, so here's what we are going to do:

Step one: Choose your material.

I've taken the liberty of choosing just a few popular classic love poems. You can find more at sites like

"Love's Philosophy" - Percy Bysshe Shelley
Sonnet 116 "Let me not to the marriage of true minds..." William Shakespeare
Sonnet 43 "How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count The Ways" Elizabeth Barrett Browning
"Wooing Song" Giles Fletcher
"Litany" Billy Collins

You may also consider some of these popular Scripture passages.

"Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not envy. It does not boast. It is not proud. It is not rude. It is not self-seeking. It is not easily angered. It keeps no record of wrong doing. It does not delight in evil, but rejoices in the truth. It always protects, trusts, hopes, perseveres."~ 1 Corinthians 13

And now abide faith, hope, and love, these three, but the greatest is love.~ 1 Corinthians 13:13

"Come let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves."~ Proverbs 7:18"I found the one my heart loves."~ Song of Solomon 3:4"Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it."~ Song of Solomon 8:7"Let us go forth into the field; let us lodge in the villages. Let us get up early to the vineyards; let us see if the vine flourish, whether the tender grape appear, and the pomegranates bud forth: there will I give thee my loves."~ Song of Solomon 7:10-12"My lover spoke and said to me, 'Arise my darling, my beautiful one, and come with me. See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come. The cooing of doves is heard in our land. The fig tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance. Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me.'"~ Song of Solomon 2:10-13
Step two: Set up

I'm thinking something nice and romantic. A cozy chair surrounded by candles or twinkle lights, maybe some roses.

Step three: Primping

You are bound to feel more confident if you know you look nice. So spend some time fixing up your hair and make-up to look your best. Think about trying something new and bold or a soft, romantic look if you are sticking with a sweet, classic poem.

Step four: Practice

I know that some of the sonnets and classic love poetry seems cumbersome. My advice is to look for a commentary on the poem of your choice if you have trouble reading the meaning (or as my high school English/drama teacher pounded into us - SUBTEXT people!!). You can also look up other dramatic readings on Youtube. Here's the link to the readings so far at the library event.

Read through it a couple times and, if you are a perfectionist, practice in the mirror. ;-)

Step five: Record

Now, I'm sure there are lots of ways to do this — webcam, camera, phone, etc. Pick whatever is easiest for you.

Step six: Share

If you are really brave, or if you have a private account, Youtube would be an easy place to do this. Otherwise, you may just choose to keep your video on your device to share. I'd also recommend printing out a hard copy of the passage that you are reading or recording so that your sweetie can read along or have as a keepsake.

I took three of the poems above and created some cute printables you can use to go along with your video for your sweet.

I also want to suggest that you can do something similar for your kiddos! I have this book which has several short stories. I'm going to record myself reading the first one: I Love You Because You're You by Liza Baker. I have a feeling they are going to LOVE it and feel so special every time they watch it. Other suggestion include: I Love You Through and Through by Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak and Guess How Much I Love You by Sam Bratney

And for the record, I totally planned on going out on a limb and posting my recordings here, but my husband didn't go to Bible Study and leave me alone as I had planned. So, it'll just have to wait! I will try to post what I do, if only to give the rest of you courage! ;-)

ALSO!! Don't forget that Audrey announced another GIVEAWAY this month! Get your entries in on her lovely post from last week for your chance to win a free one-year subscription to FamilyFun magazine!

I'm linking up here:
House of Hepworths
Mom on Timeout
Chic on a Shoestring
Making Lemonade
At the Picket Fence
Five Days Five Ways


  1. This is SUCH an awesome idea! Love, love, love it!

  2. Oh, and YES, you have to show us your finished video! :)

  3. cute cute!!! I have a linky party on Tuesdays if you'd like to share :) ~nancy~

  4. What a fun idea! Thank you so much for sharing at Taking A Timeout Thursday! Hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day!