Poet Explains How to Wow Your Valentine in 5 Easy Steps

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JACKSONVILLE, FL (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- As soon as Santa stockings and gift wrap go on sale, out come the boxed chocolates and teddy bears stitched with red stuffed hearts. Florida author Kay Day (A Poetry Break, 2005; ISBN 0-9717641-0-7) says senders of valentines should ask themselves a simple question. Is it better to woo a lover with a mass-produced gift, or is something you make yourself more impressive?

Day, who edits the writing resource site,, says, "If you'd like to really surprise your lover, write a poem. It's not that hard-you're expressing personal thoughts that will be read by a single person. A poem doesn't absolutely have to rhyme, and since it is personal, no editor will whack you on the head if it sounds a little less than stellar. One thing's for certain: the person who receives the poem will love it."

*(Photo Caption: Cover of "A Poetry Break" by Kay Day.)

Day's poetry collection won top honors for poetry books from Florida Writers' Association, the largest such organization in the state. "Some of the most popular poems in the collection are those I wrote for my husband," she says. "I wrote them to him and ended up including them in the book."

There's always the option of tacking the poem onto a mass-produced gift, just to be on the safe side. If you do opt to put pen to paper, Day offers 5 easy steps to take the pain out of process for valentine writers:

1. Begin by putting thoughts on paper. Write 4-6 sentences that will mean something to the recipient. Recall a special day you spent together, or a unique aspect of your lover's personality. Mention something you said to one another. Do you have a wish for each other? Select thoughts that mean something to both of you. Write your thoughts in single lines rather than in paragraph form. Keep it simple. Ask yourself what really matters.

2. End each line with a word that eases flow to the next line. Words to most often avoid at the end of the line are articles (like 'a' and 'the'), prepositions (like 'of,' 'in,' 'from'), and passive verbs like forms of 'to be.'

3. Take the first copy of your poem and put it away for at least 24 hours. Do not peek.

4. After the 24-hour wait, when you're ready to refine the poem, read it aloud. You'll hear words that clunk. Take them out or change them. Do not force a rhyme. Forced rhymes sound smarmy.

5. Check your poem for spelling. You don't want to call your 'lover' your 'bother' by mistake. Write or type the poem on a piece of nice paper. Choose a private moment and preface your gift-giving by saying, "I made something special for you."

"The gift of time is the most genuine gift you can give a person," says author of over 500 published articles and poems. Day advises proceeding with caution. "Once you've penned a poem for your valentine, be very careful. Poetry is addicting to both readers and writers."

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