Love is all around today.
We asked exploreLI.com readers to share a love note or Valentine's Day poem dedicated to their special someone, and dozens of true romantics heeded the call. Some messages were touching, some had a touch of humor, but all of them had plenty of heart.
Here are some of our favorites.
I fish for cod
I fish for flounder,
But it was through
plenty of fish,
that I finally found her
A greater love cannot be found
Upon this bountiful earth
What's mine is precious and returned
Immense in all its worth
The sun, the stars, the moon above
Complete a constellation
The breadth of feelings seems so far
Beyond my expectations
-- Linda J. Sardone, Sound Beach, to her husband, John
Out to the woods just you and me,
one with nature in harmony.
Take my hand and we will go,
every season reveals nature's show.
The winding trail, the trees abound,
stopping to listen to the wonderful sound.
The call of a bird, the rushing stream,
The forest's creatures abound though unseen.
Out to the woods just you and me
the trail ahead beckons -- come along, let's see
what treasures await, what wonders may come,
It's better with two instead of just one.
Out to the woods, just you and me
Kindred spirits and feeling free!
-- Kathy Zullo, Bellmore, to her husband, Tony
When I first met you
the space breathed
the sky closed around us
and I just knew.
Somewhere in time
we kissed a sunset
whispered to the moon
-- Sue Henn, Farmingdale, to her husband, Tom
Don't sing me love songs,
someone else's light heart
Or send flowers that will smile,
and soon lay in defeat, scattered on my piano
Don't bring me chocolates,
the lush or bittersweet,
a momentary rush
and then sadness in an empty cardboard box
No, on Valentine's Day just smile,
your hand in mine,
like Cupid's arrow,
its heat piercing a cold winter's day
-- Sherri London Pastolove, Westbury, to her husband, Michael
We have been through
so much together over the years
Illness, loss, disappointment and fear
But each day when I look into those big beautiful brown eyes
I always know everything will be all right.
You are my heart, my soul, my everything, my gorgeous wife
And for this I am blessed to love and cherish you for life.
So on this special occasion, St. Valentine's Day
I wish you love, good health and happy birthday!
-- Beverly Boyarsky, North Babylon, to Sally Boyarsky, whose birthday is Feb. 14
Sent to me from heaven above
The sweetest gifts, the deepest love.
From my blood, from my flesh
Bonds unbreakable above the rest.
Nourishing your bodies and your souls
Protecting your innocence to the best of my control.
These blessings are my little girl and boy
They fill my heart with pride and joy.
-- Heather Nichols, Farmingville, to her children, Ella Rae and Gavin Christopher
My husband's the man that I adore,
There's no one my full heart could want more,
When I'm asked what I'd change,
Just one thing I'd arrange,
Next time I'll take one that won't snore.
-- Eileen White Jahn of Rockville Centre to her husband, Chris
I love you this day and everyday
--Stephen Lauren of Kings Park to his wife, Laney
It started with a kiss
Five Super Bowls ago
Now today I'm ever grateful
For the bounty that kiss did sow
Made official two weeks after
On Valentine's Day
Here we are, five years later
What more is there to say?
--Rebecca Benison of Valley Stream toChris Hoffmann
You will find, as we look back upon our life, that the moments when we have really lived, are the moments when we have done things in the spirit of love!!
Happy Valentines Day to my wonderful husband Bob, who has blessed me with 4 beauitful kids & has given me the most amazing life.....loved you then, now & will always love you forever....Gloria Ellen xoxo
--Gloria Luchsinger of Farmingville to her husband, Bob
When you say hurry up, I know that means be safe. When you tell me you miss me, I know you mean it. When you say I love you, I know it because I feel it. Happy Valentines Day my love!
--Jess Onody, Medford, to Whitey
Nobody said it would be easy, they just said it would be worth it. In your green eyes I see my best friend, my hero, my soldier, my veteran, my husband and Treysons father. I love OUR story and cant wait to begin the next chapter.
--Dana Marie Martin of Coram to her husband, Brian
We started out so young 15-16 to think how our love for each other still grows is unbelievable.To you I still pledge my heart n soul. LOVE BOB
--Robert Wasnofski, Ronkonkoma, to Lucille Wasnofski
Happy Valentine's Day to My Husband.Jeff... I love you......Thanks for being My Best Friend and Always believing in Us....I love you the Most.......
-- Lisa of Baiting Holllow to Jeff
It was the best of times, It was the worst of times. Our 21 years together reads like classic novel. We have suffered our tragedies of loss and celebrated our blessings. All the time holding each other's hands as our love has grown stronger. Thank you for writting this romance novel with me, our story of soul mates and true love. I can't wait to write many more chapters with you by my side forver. I love you xoxo
--Christa Yamanita of Port Jefferson Station to "My Bunny Ken"
You have put love back into my life even if it is only for a limited amount of time! Let's just enjoy each other. xoxo
-- Kristina of Oceanside to Richie
Homage to Words
They fly from our mouths
Chaff in the wind.
So many take the air without meaning.
I measure each with a divining rod
To ensure a soft landing.
No wasted words to cream the air with rhymes,
Rather an homage to them
Respected allies and bedpartners
To end their suffering.
--Sy Roth of Mount Sinai to Iris
We met on a flight
Vegas to New York-
He wore sneakers
A sport coat
Cute cargo shorts-
It wasn't love at first sight
But he looked like he might
Be someone with whom I could walk...
--Debra North, East Meadow, to "My Sir Richard"
Or just canoe-'n
Your'e the best....
Your Traveling Man-Rich
--Richard Quaglio of Lindenhurst to Debbie
I love you to the moon and back, for always. Straight fact!
-- Erin to James
If I was...
A bee I'd say, "bee my valentine."
A bird you would be my "tweet heart."
A cat I would let you know that you are "purrr-fect" for me.
But I rather pretend I'm an owl and let you know....
Owl always love you.
-- Erin to James
I met my love on the 4th of July,
She made a watermelon boat that caught my eye!
I saw her smile and immediately knew
That knowing her was the thing to do!
Married 28 years, she's my best friend,
We are traveling life's highway, 'til we reach the end!
--Bruce Levy, Mineola, to his wife, Susan
My hubby is sweet, funny and kind
Heart of gold, with arms that enfold
Our daughter adores him
Makes us both laugh
Knows EVERY line of ANY old show or movie
We EVER do catch!
My honey, my BFFL my hero, my pal
Now and forever I'm ALWAYS your gal!
-- Susan Levy, Mineola, to her husband, Bruce
You gave me
life, and love, and taught me how to live
a sense of family and home
roots to help me grow
wings to fly and live my life
You were always there to support me
With advice or a shoulder to cry on
And now when you need ME most
I am there to hold YOUR hand
-- Terri Donahue of Center Moriches to her Mom