Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion for us to express our deepest feelings towards those we love and hold dear. And what’s better than poetry? That’s why, we curated this list of 15 handpicked poems for Valentines Day cards for you, because we thought, why not show your love through poems?
Each of these poems for Valentine’s Day perfectly captures the essence of love and affection, and are perfect for adding some romance to your cards. All these poems are unique in their own way, but the one thing that’s common is the way they help you express your love for your special one.
So, are you ready to explore some of the most beautiful poems for Valentines Day cards that are sure to touch your partner’s heart?
15 Beautiful Poems For Valentines Day Cards
Valentine’s Day Poems For Him
Even though men may not typically always express their emotions, they do love feeling special. Dedicate any of these or all of these Valentine’s Day poems for him to your special one and see how they smile from ear to ear.
1. I Love You by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
I love your lips when they’re wet with wine
And red with a wild desire;
I love your eyes when the lovelight lies
Lit with a passionate fire.
I love your arms when the warm white flesh
Touches mine in a fond embrace;
I love your hair when the strands enmesh
Your kisses against my face.
Not for me the cold, calm kiss
Of a virgin’s bloodless love;
Not for me the saint’s white bliss,
Nor the heart of a spotless dove.
But give me the love that so freely gives
And laughs at the whole world’s blame,
With your body so young and warm in my arms,
It sets my poor heart aflame.
So kiss me sweet with your warm wet mouth,
Still fragrant with ruby wine,
And say with a fervor born of the South
That your body and soul are mine.
Clasp me close in your warm young arms,
While the pale stars shine above,
And we’ll live our whole young lives away
In the joys of a living love.
2. I Am Not Yours by Sara Teasdale
I am not yours, not lost in you,
Not lost, although I long to be
Lost as a candle lit at noon,
Lost as a snowflake in the sea.
You love me, and I find you still
A spirit beautiful and bright,
Yet I am I, who long to be
Lost as a light is lost in light.
Oh plunge me deep in love—put out
My senses, leave me deaf and blind,
Swept by the tempest of your love,
A taper in a rushing wind.
3. Sonnet 43 by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love with a passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints,—I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life!—and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.
4. Come, And Be My Baby by Maya Angelou
The highway is full of big cars going nowhere fast
And folks is smoking anything that’ll burn
Some people wrap their lives around a cocktail glass
And you sit wondering
where you’re going to turn.
I got it.
Come. And be my baby.
Some prophets say the world is gonna end tomorrow
But others say we’ve got a week or two
The paper is full of every kind of blooming horror
And you sit wondering
what you’re gonna do.
I got it.
Come. And be my baby.
5. To My Dear and Loving Husband by Anne Bradstreet
If ever two were one, then surely we.
If ever man were loved by wife, then thee.
If ever wife was happy in a man,
Compare with me, ye women, if you can.
I prize thy love more than whole mines of gold,
Or all the riches that the East doth hold.
My love is such that rivers cannot quench,
Nor ought but love from thee give recompense.
Thy love is such I can no way repay;
The heavens reward thee manifold, I pray.
Then while we live, in love let’s so persever,
That when we live no more, we may live ever.
Valentine’s Day Poems For Her
Women love it when their boyfriends and husbands do sweet and romantic things for them. So, why not dedicate these Valentine’s Day poems for her to the special woman in your life?
6. Love Sonnet XI by Pablo Neruda
I crave your mouth, your voice, your hair.
Silent and starving, I prowl through the streets.
Bread does not nourish me, dawn disrupts me, all day
I hunt for the liquid measure of your steps.
I hunger for your sleek laugh,
your hands the color of a savage harvest,
hunger for the pale stones of your fingernails,
I want to eat your skin like a whole almond.
I want to eat the sunbeam flaring in your lovely body,
the sovereign nose of your arrogant face,
I want to eat the fleeting shade of your lashes,
and I pace around hungry, sniffing the twilight,
hunting for you, for your hot heart,
like a puma in the barrens of Quitratue.
7. Evening Song by Sidney Lanier
Look off, dear Love, across the sallow sands,
And mark yon meeting of the sun and sea;
How long they kiss in sight of all the lands,
Ah! longer, longer we.
Now, in the sea’s red vintage melts the sun
As Egypt’s pearl dissolved in rosy wine
And Cleopatra-night drinks all- ’tis done,
Love, lay thine hand in mine.
Come forth, sweet stars, and comfort heaven’s heart,
Glimmer, ye waves, ’round else unlighted sands;
Oh night! divorce our sun and sky apart-
Never our lips, our hands.
8. Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date.
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature’s changing course, untrimmed;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st,
Nor shall death brag thou wand’rest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to Time thou grow’st.
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
9. A Red, Red Rose by Robert Burns
O my Luve is like a red, red rose
That’s newly sprung in June;
O my Luve is like the melody
That’s sweetly played in tune.
So fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a’ the seas gang dry.
Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi’ the sun;
I will love thee still, my dear,
While the sands o’ life shall run.
And fare thee weel, my only luve!
And fare thee weel awhile!
And I will come again, my luve,
Though it were ten thousand mile.
10. Love Is More Thicker Than Forget by E. E Cummings
Love is more thicker than forget
more thinner than recall
more seldom than a wave is wet
more frequent than to fail.
It is most mad and moonly
and less it shall unbe
than all the sea which only
is deeper than the sea.
Love is less always than to win
less never than alive
less bigger than the least begin
less littler than forgive.
It is most sane and sunly
and more it cannot die
than all the sky which only
is higher than the sky.
Funny Short Valentines Day Poems
Poems for Valentine’s Day do not always have to be mushy and oh-so romantic, they can be funny too! If you and your partner love goofing around with each other, dedicate these funny short Valentines Day poems to each other, and make this day even funnier and special.
11. My Bigfoot Valentine
You’ve got big feet,
But gee, you’re sweet,
So let’s give it a whirl,
Say you’ll be my girl.
‘Cause I’m a goofy guy,
But I caught your eye,
So say you’ll be mine,
My bigfoot Valentine.
12. My Funky Valentine
You’re my funky Valentine.
You always make me feel so fine.
My favourite love, my best, my friend,
And that is why I want to send,
A poem to thrill you to your socks,
A poem that sings, a poem that rocks.
A poem to spin you on your head,
(unless you’d like a kiss instead!)
And if that’s not enough for you –
I’ll up the score – and give you two!
(Or three or four or eight or nine)
for you, my funky Valentine.
13. Stuck On You
You’re sucrose, you’re glucose,
You’re fructose and more,
From your head to your feet…
Which are stuck to the floor.
You’re Hershey’s, you’re Snickers,
You’re sweet English Toffee.
If you spit in my cup,
You’ll just sweeten my coffee.
I love you so much
That I’m getting frenetic,
But I can’t even kiss you,
’cause I’m diabetic.
14. On The Sofa Next To You
Roses are red
Violets are blue
I want to fall asleep
On the sofa next to you.
Seas can be stormy
Times can be tough
I love you even though
You leave the seat up.
I want to make you happy
I’d grant all your wishes
But it’s still your turn
To do the dishes.
15. You’re Everything I Love In Life
You’re the syrup on my pancakes,
You’re the sugar in my tea.
You’re the icing on my cupcakes,
You’re the sweets in life for me.
You’re the chocolate on my ice cream,
You’re the sweet grapes in my wine.
You’re everything I love in life,
Will you be my Valentine?
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Which of these poems for Valentines Day cards struck a chord with you? Or which one of these funny short Valentines Day poems make you chuckle? Do let us know your favourites in the comments down below!