Happy Valentine’s Day, and a Love Poem from Christina Rossetti

Last year, all during the week of Valentine’s Day, I posted classic love poems to put us all in the mood for writing about love. Here’s a sweet one from Christian Rossetti. It’s called Monna Inamoratta, and is perfect for those love stories in which love grows slowly:

I wish I could remember that first day,
First hour, first moment of your meeting me,
If bright or dim the season, it might be
Summer or Winter for aught I can say;
So unrecorded did it slip away,
So blind was I to see and to foresee,
So dull to mark the budding of my tree
That would not blossom for many a May.
If only I could recollect it, such
A day of days! I let it come and go
As traceless as a thaw of bygone snow;
It seemed to mean so little, meant so much;
If only now I could recall that touch,
First touch of hand in hand—Did one but know!

One Response to “Happy Valentine’s Day, and a Love Poem from Christina Rossetti”

  1. This gave me shivers, Elisa. Hope your Valentine’s Day is all things romantic—with chocolate!

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