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The Valentine Box
{The Valentine Box}
Written by Joy Hewitt Mann

The Valentine's Social brought Billy and Liz
together when they were just nine.
He thought that her shoebox of string, tape and lace
was "pretty" and cookies "just fine."
Liz noticed how nimbly his fingers untied
the shoelace that held the lid tight,
and how, though the cookies were burnt to a crisp,
he smiled as he ate the last bite.

Now, poor Liz was from the wrong side of the tracks,
and all the school children did say
that Billy, born on the right side of the town,
was nice "`cause it's Valentine's Day."
Though the Social had brought them together that once,
the social rules kept them apart,
and so they each went to their predestined life
with an empty place deep in their heart.

Now, Liz never married, but learned how to cook,
and she started a catering biz
that served meals at galas and opening nights,
and everyone wanted Ms. Liz.
She was booked for a book-launch -- Valentine's Day.
The author had specified her.
He was Edgar'd and feted -- a writer of note --
so shy Liz was forced to concur.

Liz set out the food as the writer read lines,
then nimbly signed books for the crowd,
but a puzzle it was, how this mystery man
was making her heart beat so loud.
She busied her hands with the lace and the silk,
though they shook as she touched each part.
She turned from the table as a voice in her ear
whispered, "Liz, please be my sweetheart."

He held in his two hands -- this mystery man --
a box that was faded and worn,
and when William Devane smiled at Liz once again
she saw her young Billy reborn.
It's a mystery to some how Billy and Liz
found each other in this strange way,
but to all we who love (or wish for love) it's
the magic of Valentine's Day.

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Ronald Kimball - 06:43am Aug 18, 1998 PST(#3 of 16)

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Dawn Tucker (sky) - 08:46am Aug 28, 1998 PST(#4 of 16)
Don't take life too seriously- No one gets out alive anyway!

I think it's a wonderful poem...just think of it as a mystery with a solution....mystery found..oh happy day! lol.

laurithia edlow - 08:10am Dec 15, 1998 PST(#5 of 16)

AHHHH! How sweet, it almost made me cry.

LSW - 07:12pm May 17, 1999 PST(#6 of 16)

hm, that's sweet. if only twas so simple in real life!

Robin Clements - 07:45pm Jun 19, 1999 PST(#7 of 16)
Beauty isn't worth thinking about; what's important is your mind. You don't want a fifty-dollar haircut on a fifty-cent head.

I thought that was beautiful. Kind of like Pretty Woman in poetry format.

Eclipse - 08:40pm Aug 28, 1999 PST(#8 of 16)
The hasty stroke goes oft astray-J.R.R.Tolkien

Nice little poem. Nice little ending. Too bad life isn't usually that simple.

Armonia - 11:55am Jul 9, 2000 PST(#9 of 16)
"But for the grace of God go I, I must've been born a lucky guy, Heaven only knows how I've been blessed, With the gift of your love . . ." -- "But For The Grace Of God" by Keith Urban

That's true. Life could just never be that great. Good poem though.

- 06:52pm Aug 10, 2000 PST(#10 of 16) Delete Message

Pity life isn't like that...nevertheless, an excellent poem

NC W/LADY BLUES - 08:40am Nov 12, 2000 PST(#11 of 16)

In the world of literature, the happy ending is up to the author. With some stories, the key is to end at the good part.

But I loved this poem. It makes one wonder why there is still a social stigma about where one is raised. I was glad they found each other again. Both successful, society would agree to a match now.

DeeGee - 01:49pm Jun 2, 2001 PST(#12 of 16)
A birth certificate shows you were born. A death certificate shows you have died. A photo album shows you have lived.


It's true, if only life could be that simple.....but we're all allowed to dream!

Ashley Ashton - 01:28pm Oct 6, 2002 PST(#13 of 16)

That pem was sweet and lovely. I wish that life was really simple like that.

dianawolf - 07:27pm Jan 15, 2004 PST(#14 of 16)
Procrastination is a virus

As they used to say: "That's Hollywood!" Since when should poetry absolutely follow life? Don't we have enough mean things in this world? It's a great poem and speaks out for all those who wish it could be so. Joy Hewitt Mann's poem might be likened to a breath of fresh air. Okay. So it doesn't bring us down to the utter depths and allows us to climb and struggle up every step to success. It's a fantasy, guys. Like it for what it is.

Alexandra Parker - 03:32pm Jun 14, 2004 PST(#15 of 16)
I Love Mysteries!

I think that was the best poem I've ever read! I mean it was sooooo sweet! I think it was great the way the author could think up a whole story that ryhmed! I don't think I could do that lol!

Charlee Austin - 07:20pm Oct 25, 2005 PST(#16 of 16)

OMG!!!!!!!!i luved it!!!it was like a fairytale :)

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