Ready for Valentine Day

St Valentine was a martyr, dying a martyr’s death.

Other than that, the facts of the person (there’s also the possibility that the saint was a woman) are open to conjecture.

  • there were lots of people named Valentine because, well, it was a very popular name for around six hundred years as ‘“Valentinus” signified being worthy, strong or powerful
  • there was a Pope Valentine
  • there was enough confusion about the identity, and the legitimate claims, for the sainthood that St Valentine was discontinued from veneration by the Catholic Church in 1969
  • he / she, like all saints it appears, was kept very busy: as well as being patron saint of engaged couples, happy marriages, and lovers, there was also the spiritual responsibility for beekeeping, epilepsy, plague, fainting and travelling – perhaps that’s why there needed to be more than one of them?!

To celebrate the Saint’s Day here’s a love poem from me to you:

In class we’d often ‘Show and Tell’
to break the ice and link with peers;
and writers’ skill of ‘show’ not ‘tell’
brings life to smiles, and hopes, and tears;

and showing love – a love so deep –
transcending words that simply tell,
can bring about a trusting love
that never doubts that all is well.

Trusting and true
my love for you
unconditional, too.

I know I’m ten days early but if you’ve enjoyed my words please like, share, and comment.
Thank you for reading.

Published by Marilyn

Diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder after fifty years in the mental health system I decided to share my experiences and consider the impact my health has had on my well-being. Being creative is the mainstay of my life and it's how I express my deepest emotions. Photography, writing, and design challenge me and help keep me rooted in the present.

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