GCWA and Bay St. Louis Little Theatre

present the annual
Valentines Poetry Contest

Winner 2017

       Candy Wrapper Love

by Linda Allen


The wind blew through the old oak tree

He looked at her and dropped to his knee

               Will you marry me? he asked.


With shaking hand he reached for his pocket

Struggled a bit and pulled out a locket

               Wrapped in candy paper.


Succumbed by heat in the young man’s pocket

The locket was lying in leftover chocolate

               And he held it up for her to see.


What’s this, she said, you have no ring

For a proposal of marriage, only this heart-shaped thing

               Wrapped in candy paper and melted chocolate?


I am a girl of class you know

I wear nice things wherever I go

               My parents would say that this is a No.


Therefore, she said, and pointed her finger

There is no reason for you to linger

               On bended knee before me.


He folded the paper around the locket

And carefully returned it to his pocket

               And rose to stand before her.


I have no job, he said, to buy a ring

But that is only a temporary thing

               ‘cause I’m only ten years old.


Someday I’ll be a full-grown man

Still loving you and having a plan

               To give you a golden ring.


Silly boy, she spoke, I’m only eight

Your proposal is bold, but I cannot wait

               For the promise of a golden ring.


You see, I’m going to be a movie star

Sign autographs, and drive fancy cars

               And I’m sure I’ll marry a prince.


The words she said were quickly spoken

He felt the pain as his heart was broken

               And dropped in pieces beneath the old oak tree.


The years would pass, and time would change

A broken heart and a young girl’s dream

               As life presented a plan of its very own.


An elderly couple sat side by side

In a long-care home, and he beamed with pride

               As he rolled his chair to look into the woman’s face.


I never stopped loving you, he smiled.

My thoughts were on you all the while

               And I offer you proof of my words.


With trembling hands he found his pocket

Reached deep inside to reveal a locket

               Wrapped in candy paper.


She lifted the locket with her small hand

And saw below it a round gold band

               Will you marry me? he asked


She looked at him and smiled with joy

As she saw the face of the ten-year old boy

               Asking her hand in marriage.


Overwhelmed with tears she lifted her hand

On which he dropped the small gold band

               And placed a kiss on her forehead.


On Valentine’s Day we search for a card

But finding it is very hard

               With just the right words.


A simple solution might be a note

Handwritten in ink on which you have wrote

               I love you.


Fold it in half with special attention

So no one will miss the special indention

               Sealed with a kiss.


And wrap in candy paper.


Prizes: Free tickets for TWO to BSLLT event

Variety show of songs, poetry, and comedy sketches of romantic situations (funny, funny) and the return of the romantic Poetry Contest.

Show Date: Saturday. February 11
Show Time: 7:00 pm
doors open at 6:15 pm

PLUS a Bottle of Champagne

Winner will be invited to read their poem at the event


Submit poetry of any length, any style, as a .doc or .docx attachment (or in the body of the email) to: writerpllevin@gmail.com

Subject line: BSLLT Valentine Poetry Contest

Deadline: February 2, 2017, Midnight
No entry fee!
No more than two entries per person

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