Thirumur David Kiran
Why should only one day be used
To show someone how much you care
To only express your deepest feelings
Once a year, is that even fair?
The mad scramble to buy that perfect card
Or those chocolates the advertisements advise
Those furry bears, roses, and scented candles
Scouring the stores for the perfect prize.
Is love truly to be found
In the gifts given on this day?
Or is it just a commercial festival
That has led us all astray?
What happens when the roses wilt and die
The candles melt, and bears go threadbare,
The chocolates digested and the cards trashed
Tell me, will the love still be there?
Or will it fade like the dust
That all of these things will soon turn
And leave you hurt and anguished
Over your broken heart that was spurned?
When I think of love in its true form
I see it in a very different hue
It is a living, moving and breathing thing
So different from how it’s currently viewed.
Love isn’t always confined to a spouse or a lover,
A significant other to love and hold dear;
Love is also found—and indeed owed as well
To the others around to whom we are near.
It can be found in the loving care of a father;
The enduring strength of a friend;
It’s in the support of a brother or sister;
The patience of a mother that knows no end.
And love need not always come in shiny packages
From stores; with an expensive price tag to bear
Indeed, the greatest gifts of love
Are the ones that we give unawares.
It is in the smiles of those who care for you
The warm hugs of those whom you are close
It’s both in the big and the seeming little things
Done by the one who notices these things the most
And since love can be found in the small and silly things
Why do we need to wait till Valentine’s Day,
To show our love to those for whom we feel it
Why let time and opportunities slip away?
Love need not be confined to one day alone
(Although there is no shame in that)
Yet, love should be something that is given daily
Not to be saved like a prized artifact.
If our love we save and keep on a shelf
The day may sadly arrive
That there remains no more recipients of our love
For they will have left our side
Don’t save up your precious gifts of love
For those few commercially designated days
Give love today, tomorrow, and forever
You will find that it always, always pays
And so this Valentine’s Day I charge to you
Do not allow yourself astray to be led
Give the gifts that will last eternally;
Save your pocket book; use your heart instead.
And repeat the process again tomorrow
And again the day after that too
And you will enjoy a life well lived
For in giving love, you will receive much love too!