A poem for Valentine’s Day

More than a catbird hates a cat,
Or a criminal hates a clue,
Or the Axis hates the United States,
That’s how much I love you.

I love you more than a duck can swim,
And more than a grapefruit squirts,
I love you more than gin rummy is a bore,
And more than a toothache hurts.

As a shipwrecked sailor hates the sea,
Or a juggler hates a shove,
As a hostess detests uninvited guests,
That’s how much you I love.

I love you more than a wasp can sting,
And more than the subway jerks,
I love you as much as a cripple needs a crutch,
And more than a hangnail irks.

I swear to you by the stars above,
And below, if such there be,
As the High Court loathes perjurious oaths,
That’s how much you’re loved by me.

–Ogden Nash (1902-1971)

4 Responses to A poem for Valentine’s Day

  1. one of my favorite poets! But I never met this one. Thanks for the introduction!

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  2. Yvonne says:

    Now we all feel well loved!

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  3. Abigail says:

    What a unique way to express one’s undying love for another.
    I’ve always liked the serious tone of Ogden Nash’s work, particularly in “The Anatomy of Happiness”, and this poem doesn’t disappoint. The tone reminds me of a certain character in a story of mine – a little bitter and a little humorous, an altogether good person whose first impressions suggest otherwise.

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  4. This is a good one. 😀 — Suzanne

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