GCWA and Bay St. Louis Little Theatre
present the annual
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.
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.
Winner will be invited to read their poem at the event