A Sonnet for St. Valentine

Why should this martyr be the saint of Love?

Why should this martyr be the saint of Love?

Here is a sonnet I composed in honour of the original St. Valentine. I notice some FB posts implying that as an early Christian martyr he has nothing to do with Romantic Love and should be dissociated from it. I believe that on the contrary there is every reason why he should be the patron saint of Love and this sonnet explores why.

As always you can hear the poem by clicking on either the title or the ‘play’ button. This poem is published in my most recent collection ‘Parable and Paradox’

St Valentine

Why should this martyr be the saint of love?

A quiet man of unexpected courage,

A celibate who celebrated marriage,

An ageing priest with nothing left to prove,

He loved the young and made their plight his cause.

He called for fruitfulness, not waste in wars,

He found a sure foundation, stood his ground,

And gave his life to guard the love he’d found.


Why should this martyr be our Valentine?

Perhaps because he kept his covenant,

Perhaps because, with prayer still resonant,

He pledged the Bridegroom’s love in holy wine,

Perhaps because the echo of his name

Can kindle love again to living flame.


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6 responses to “A Sonnet for St. Valentine

  1. Brenda

    Reading this before the sun comes out certainly kindles love and I pray to live to day with a living flame.

  2. Reblogged this on Pastor Michael Moore's Blog and commented:
    Beautiful ❣️❣️

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  5. Great poem!

    The concepts of romantic and courtly love were invented later, but there’s no reason why you can’t retroactively apply them to the saint’s patronage. After all, there’s a patron saint of television who presumably died well before TV was invented.

    As for me, I’m celebrating Lupercalia. But I still gave my beloved a Valentine’s card, of course.

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