Romantic Things to Write in a Valentine's Card

Avoid the faux pas of using a pre-written message in a card, particularly on Valentine's Day. The sentiment is significantly dimmed when mass produced, which is why so many cards earn only a cursory glance and eventually wind up in the bin. True romance is personal: Take the time to write something that leaves the object of your affection breathless.

Poetry of Your Own

Try to compose a verse or two of your own poetry to include in the card. You do not have to be a published poet. There are many writing exercises (see reference section) that will help you write something lovely and original. Just remember two things: Poetry does not have to rhyme, nor does it need to be about love and romance to be romantic.

Borrowed Lines

If you feel completely lost when faced with the idea of writing poetry, it is perfectly acceptable to borrow the lines of a luminary. Find a poem that speaks to you and bears some significance for you and the card's recipient. Love poetry should not be saccharine.

A good place to start looking might be with e.e. cummings' "i carry your heart with me," or Li-Young Li's gorgeous poem "From Blossoms." Visit respectable poetry websites (see reference section) to find lists of poems organized by theme. You don't need to quote the entire poem; just a stanza or two will do. The poem does not even have to be about love; if there are a few lines that are meaningful to you, excerpt those. Be sure to give credit to the poet; the romance vanishes when the idea of plagiarism comes up.

Sweet Prose

You can hardly fail when you write directly to the person of your affections. Listing the reasons why he or she is beautiful is a bit overdone, but consider other types of lists: moments that were beautiful or moments that were funny or tender. In lieu of a list, focus on a moment or day and write it in the second person (you) for an intimate effect. The time on which you focus does not need to be dramatic. In fact, letting someone know you noticed or felt something during a quiet moment can communicate a strong emotion. Both the lists and the description let the other person know you are paying attention to them.

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About the Author

Ana Cruz has written for newspapers such as "The Wilmington Star News" and "Currents" since 2002. She has published in various literary journals, including "Wilma" and "White Whale Review." She has a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing, a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of North Carolina in Wilmington.

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