McGregor Says: On Valentine’s Day, say it with poetry

A woman may tell you out loud that it’s 'not a big deal,' but don’t believe that for a minute.

Retired Langley City Fire Chief Jim McGregor is a weekly Langley Times columnist.

This is my annual reminder to everyone — specifically men — that Valentine’s Day is approaching.

Yes boys, each year on February 14th, many people exchange cards, candy, gifts or flowers with their special “Valentine.” The day of romance we call Valentine’s Day is named for a Christian martyr and dates back to the 5th century, but has its origins in the Roman holiday Lupercalia.

It’s hard to believe that for over 16 centuries, many men have forgotten to recognize this romantic date and have paid dearly for the rest of the year.

A woman may tell you out loud that it’s “not a big deal,” but don’t believe that for a minute.

Usually something personal will fit the bill for a gift and, just the fact you’ve remembered and made the effort, will be well appreciated. Today, I’m going to mentor you to write a poem to your Valentine. Then you just have to buy a blank card, write the poem inside and present it with a bottle of wine and a rose.

Don’t tell me you can’t write a poem because everyone has romance hidden inside and it just has to be channelled. Often, simply taking something you enjoy and equating it to your significant other makes the task easy.

For instance if you are someone who likes working with wood in your shop, your poem could start, “I love your warm and tender touch, when I am in your hands;  You turn me and you shape me, you’re the one who understands.”

See how easy that was? You just took words from your hobby and made them about her.

For my car guy friends this could be a bit more difficult. For instance, my friend Clay might write, “When I’m with you, it’s just like heaven; when you’re purring like a three twenty-seven.” It rhymes nicely, but writing romantic poetry that compares her to an internal combustion engine could be risky.

Maybe you work in an office all day. Let her know you are thinking about her: “When I spin in my chair and look at the view; no scenery in the world compares to you!”

She will be thinking, “Golly, he’s supposed to be working and he’s sitting there thinking about me!”

Possibly you are a truck driver on the road all day and away from home a lot. You could put her right there in the cab with you by simply writing, “These roads I may drive alone, but I am never lonely; you’re here with me, you’re all I see, you are my one and only.”

Try to stay away from using names. Many names today can be hard to rhyme to and it makes your poem restrictive.

Using terms like ‘Honey’, ‘Sweetheart’ or ‘Darling’ is much better. For example, “When I think of you Lorraine,” automatically limits what the next rhyme is. But if you start, “Darling, when I think of you,” you have much more to work with. Also, if you aren’t with Lorraine next Valentine’s day, you can re-use the generic poem on your new lady.

Yes boys, a sentiment from the heart, in your own hand writing will remind her of those little elementary school Valentine’s Days when the boys printed their own names on those little paper valentines.

Make an effort, be romantic. At the very least don’t forget to say, “I love you.”

At least that’s what McGregor says.