Valentine’s Day 2017

This May, I will have been married 23 years. Over the years, I’ve written a number of poems for my wife. (Can you really be a poet without a few love poems lurking about? LOL).

When my wife and I were married, we chose to use the traditional vows. While these might seem hackneyed to some, they succinctly capture the fact that most of marriage happens after the wedding day. We don’t know what that will mean but commit to go through it together.

If the physical heart has anything to do with love, we know it needs periods of being taxed to be healthy. Healthy marriages go through times of strain—sometimes the most profound we’ll experience. But these build endurance and greater capacity to love.

This poem contrasts the bloody, muscular passion of marriage with the cheap glitz of Valentine’s Day accoutrements.

Valentines Day, 2017

After 18 years,
our heart
is no pink, sparkly

It isn’t candy
in a velvet box
or “Be Mine”
on cardia-shaped

Our heart paces
its cage of bones;

it pounds a drum
and marches through the night;

it gives blood
but doesn’t keep it.

“For better, for worse,
for richer, for poorer,
in sickness and health,
‘til death do us part”

This is our heart—
the muscular center
of life
as we know it.

Published by mrteague

Teague McKamey lives in Washington state with his wife and two children. Teague’s poetry has appeared in several journals and in self-published books. He blogs at and In all areas of life, Teague desires that Christ may be magnified in his body (Php. 1:20).

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