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Olivia Harvey
February 14, 2018 4:00 am

It can be difficult to put into words how much you love someone. You may think you sound cheesy or your words may get jumbled up in the process (and that’s totally normal — we’ve all been there). If you’re in need of inspiration when it comes to writing the perfect Valentine’s Day card, these adorable poems might fuel your creativity.

You certainly don’t have to be a wordsmith to write a meaningful card or love letter to your significant other for Valentine’s Day. It is the thought that counts, after all. But there’s no shame in wanting to up your writing game and include a poem that pulls on the heartstrings. Luckily, there are some brilliant poets out there who can help you out with doing so.

There are countless love poems circulating the internet, so we’ve tailored a list of 17 to make your search less overwhelming. If you’re feeling up to it, try jotting down a few poetic lines yourself after seeing how it’s done. Or use a similar structure to a poem you liked and add in more personal details about your partner or your relationship.

Don’t be afraid to express how you feel to the one you love. There’s no better time than on Valentine’s Day to let your heart speak. Ready? Okay. Let’s poem it up.

1“I am all sway and stumble.”

Trista Mateer is a young, free-verse poet based out of Baltimore. Her self-published book of poems, The Dogs I Have Kissed, won the 2015 Goodreads Choice Award for poetry.

2For those who are falling fast.

Nothing like a sweet internet poem dug up from Pinterest.

3For the couple that loves margarita night.

When in doubt, you can always use the “Roses Are Red” structure and do something witty with it.

4To my precious.

Lord of the Rings fan, anyone?

5“Our Song”

Follow Daren Colbert’s Instagram for short and sweet free-verse poems.

6“My heart was a home built just for you.”

Another poet who’s made his name known on Instagram (he has 89,000 followers!), his poems feel sweet and familiar and simple.

7Cheeky!

If you just don’t feel like being touchy, you can always go for something a little more ~naughty~, and Someecards is a pretty great place to find cheeky poetry and captions.

8“Make it out alive.”

This feels so urgent and sexy. Thanks, Poetry Bandit. For more Poetry Bandit words, visit their Instagram.

9“What did you do?”

Gemma Troy is another Instagram poet you absolutely need to follow if you love lovely things.

10Inky kisses sound gross, but maybe they’re not

This one is by pen_rambler. Check out their Instagram here.

11You are the only love that matters.

Le sigh. Rupi Kaur is a poet you can’t dip into — you need to dive into her. the sun and her flowers is her latest collection of poems, and they are breathtaking.

12“You’ll be there for me.”

Marie Jo Schwarz writes children’s books AND poems. Follow her here.

13To my bag of frozen peas.

Another cutie poem from Trista Mateer.

14For the long distance couple.

And another. Can’t get enough.

15Advice for a Galentine:

Wise words we need spoken to us once in awhile.

16 So simple, so true.

Cleo Wade is a sociopolitical poet you can find on Instagram. She’s a lovely genius.

17 And lastly, a poem for yourself.

Because you need that. You should be your greatest love.

Sharpen your pencil and get to writing: your Valentine will appreciate it immensely.

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