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Digital Passions
Poetry Magazine

Digital Passions #8
published February 6, 2001

Welcome to our special double-sized Valentine's edition of Digital Passions Magazine. Valentine's Day is almost a National Holiday at Passions in Poetry - it's the day we can share the wonders, the pains, and the glory of love. Herein you'll find a collection of poetry that will touch your heart, make you smile or make you cry.


Kiss or Myth by Nancy Ness
Love Letters collected by Irish Rose
Surviving Valentine's Day by Deborah Carter
The Final Word by Poet deVine

* Bonus Features

What Is Love? by pipTalk Forum Members

* Bonus Poetry & Prose

Special VALENTINE'S Love Poetry
More VALENTINE'S Love Poetry
Still More VALENTINE'S Love Poetry
Lots More VALENTINE Love Poetry
Yep, Even More VALENTINE'S Love Poetry
Soul Mates Fiction by Nicole Boyd

Read It All (one VERY big page)

Love Letters (Poems) The Final Word

Surviving Valentine's Day
by Deborah Carter

Well, here it is, the day of roses, chocolate hearts and flowers. Everywhere you look there are signs of cupid. Love is in the air and it seems everyone has a special someone. Except you.

So, the question is. How ARE you going to make it through Valentines Day this year?

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You could dress in black and pace back and forth in front of a nearby Hallmark store, carrying an anti-Valentines Day sign. On the other hand, maybe your plans are to just pull the covers back over your head and stay in bed until February 15th! But how much fun is that?

Don't deny yourself the opportunity to observe this holiday of love in a new and different way, it'll keep you busy and you might even enjoy it!

...aloneness does not necessarily mean loneliness

To begin, recognize that aloneness does not necessarily mean loneliness. Pay homage to your singleness on this particular day, by celebrating and embracing your independence! Be kind to yourself; focus on your own needs.

Make plans to do some of the things that you've been unable to find the time for lately! Maybe you have an unfinished project waiting for your attention, a hobby that you haven't been able to indulge in for awhile. Today is the day! You can enjoy a leisurely walk on the beach or window shop downtown. Give in to temptation and buy that expensive item that you've had your eye on for awhile! Make a date with a family member for lunch at your favorite restaurant or host a Valentines Day get together at home for some of your single friends. Rent a couple of comedies and cook up something delicious!

Remember that although Valentines Day has been recognized traditionally as a day for lovers, times are changing. No longer is this special day dedicated to only those with a significant other! It's a day to share your love with anyone who has touched your life and made it better by being a part of it! Show your appreciation for friends and family, by letting them know how much they really mean to you.

Here are a few ideas to help you spread the love this Valentines Day!

Write a letter or poem to a member of your family that you haven't seen or spoken to in awhile.

Take a plate of homemade valentine cookies to share with an elderly person living alone. Bring along a good book to read aloud and a promise to return once a week to continue each chapter!

Using red finger paint and stencils, paint hearts on the windows of a friends car while they are at work or leave a bouquet of flowers on the doorstep of somebody that's been feeling a little "down" lately.

Invite young family members to your home for a Valentines Day lunch. Mix a few drops of red food coloring in milk to "tickle them pink" and delight them with raspberry sandwiches cut from heart shaped cookie cutters! Supply the construction paper, glue, glitter and marking pens to help them create their own special valentines to take home!

Valentines Day doesn't have to be painful, whether you are single by choice, or by chance. Welcome the day as an excuse to be good to yourself (you're worth it!) and use it as an opportunity to display your love and affection for those important people in your life! Send your love out to someone and brighten their day and it will come back to you in a multitude of ways all through the year!