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Valentine’s Day 2016 –  poems and stories about love

Love Poems, Stories and Tales from Glasgow writers.

Off Balance by Magi Gibson – a poem for Valentines

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Off Balance   You have knocked me off-balance! I walk like a drunk, tripping Over dogs, falling off kerbs, walking out in front of cars and trucks. This is so physical, this disorientation, this disintegration. A woman is at the door returning a leg I left at the local store. I look in the mirror, […]

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Past Love in the Museum of Transport – poetry by Ciara MacLaverty

Past Love in the Museum of Transport   Where’s Daddy? I say, holding your son in my arms, inhaling the baby scent of his head. You’re up on the steam engine with your other son pointing, waving down at us.   You still look good and I can hold your gaze without fear of loss […]

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Dream Lover Two by Ian Macpherson – a love story for Valentine’s Day

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from The Book of Blaise In daylight I can always tell when Blaise is upset. The face gives it away. At 4.32am, however, I have to rely on vocal hints. Sobs. Suppressed sniffles. The rustle of yet another tissue being removed from its box. Often all three in that order. Sob, sniffle, rustle. Sob, sniffle, […]

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One Track by Maggie Graham – a love poem for Valentine’s Day

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One Track Through the train window I saw On the platform A handsome guy hitch up his jeans And felt a jolt That wasn’t the train For it wasn’t moving At all When we met I told you And you laughed And we kissed. For it was you Love Always Only you   Maggie Graham […]

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‘Fact’ by Magi Gibson – a love poem for Valentine’s Day

Fact I can no more say how much I love you than number the stars in the midnight sky      I can no more say how much I love you than count the grains of sand on a beach catch the wind in my fist shimmy with the northern lights guess the name of […]

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Out of Sight by Ciara MacLaverty: a poem about love.

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Out of Sight The best thing You do for me is to let me be as I am (better than  I do for myself, I add) and when necessary you meet my what if it doesn’ts with a what if it does… You teach me more than you know- though I don’t always tell you […]

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The Question by Calum Maclean. A Love Poem (of sorts).

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The Question Darling, I can see that you’ve been looking at me strangely, I sense the question coming, ‘Do you ever want to change me?’ A threatening predicament, and one we’d best avoid; your mobile rings, you take the call, inside I’m overjoyed. Later, on the sofa, while I’m watching CSI, you turn to me […]

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A Poem for Valentine’s Day: I’m Counting by Rona Fitzgerald

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I’m counting the crocuses are out, purple and yellow, encircled with slender snowdrops, soul lanterns on the Ganges. the sparkle is back in your eye, another spring taking bloom. I’m glad we weathered twenty one. that even when the wolf gnawed my soul, I could see light, feeling the consolation of words I still hear […]

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First Love – a poem by Leela Soma for Valentine’s Day

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First Love       My first love, teen fresh, skin aglow A pearly sunny summer, so, so slow, Kisses rich, fondles and caresses mellow Our hearts and minds entwined, not low. Your breath on my skin, touch so soft That summer blue, the azure sky, the lot Laughter and love, like a cloying sweet Wonder now, […]

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The Carrbridge Rose – Brian Whittingham

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A poem about love: THE CARRBRIDGE ROSE The Packhorse Bridge arches its back like a grey stone rainbow over the hard flowing river hurtling past banks of snowy ice. We explore chatting holding hands ever so slight as if young love though we are not. Our pasts ensure we tread warily. Not knowing where these […]

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Love Sticky Lick by Jim Byrne, a poem for Valentine’s Day

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Love sticky lick You, me, sticky toffee pudding Runny honey, salt and pepper Chocolate creams and tea Tart, tacky, treacled fingers Shandy, candy, juice and jelly Sticky licks, ice cream and lemonade…. Fuck. With you and me, everything rhymes. Jim Byrne, February, 2016.

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A Valentine’s Story: 24 Hours in the City of Love by James Carson

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24 hours in the city of love If your relationship’s in need of rekindling, why not spend Valentine’s Day in Paris, the capital of romance! What to bring As a woman with a passionate nature, the most important thing you should carry on this trip is a massive grudge from last week, when you returned […]

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Selkie’s Song by Finola Scott

A poem about love. ‘Selkie’s Song’ published in NVP Anthology ‘The Second Tide’ Selkie’s Song From the depth of the blue night I waken. Slip sliding back beneath the white crests of sheets, shivering, I feel you barely waking, reach out and pull me in close. Snuggled up I’m anchored. Your sea-serpent arms hold me […]

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A Valentine’s Story: Status Update by James Connarty

Status Update On Saturday it will be her birthday, the day before Valentines. I haven’t bought a card in fifteen years. Where would I send it? I posted a Christmas card through the door at the last address I had for her. It was out in the east end, one of those ones with just […]

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Love Poem by Stephen Watt: I Think I’m Falling In Love With Football

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I Think I’m Falling In Love With Football Saturday mornings are looking different. Fog has fallen upon the football pitches,covering every inch like a cathedral train.A delicious wispiness coruscates diamantesin the early rain; flares of white paintstreak up each wing into exploding corner flags of colour. Nets are hung over posts like bridal veils.Excited, barking […]

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Love Stories by Glasgow Writers. Sticky Love by Pauline Lynch

Sticky Love by Pauline Lynch No denying it, times were rough. Sadie was only seven, with limited life experience, but even she knew times were rough. Last night, someone had knocked on their door asking to borrow dog food. It was late and she was meant to be asleep, but she’d heard the knock, and […]

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Ars Technica, A Short Story by Paul McQuade

  Ars Technica The knife cuts in, wickedly. Splinters crest in spiked knots. The knife digs deeper. For a purpose. For a promise. Joshua keeps his promises. His hands glisten with sap. There is sweat on his brow and a streak of cracking blood on his cheek. He drives the blade deeper into the wood. […]

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Memoirs: An Old Photograph by Mary Irvine

An Old Photograph Granddad Holland, Albert Henry, was married three times and was something of a Lothario by all accounts. Of course I only knew him as a kindly old granddad! He had several children by his first wife, Martha. My mother, Mary, was the youngest.  Martha died from cancer when Mary was just into […]

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A Poem for Spring: Chaos by Helen Frudd

Chaos What if I prefer the idea of being here without a god   that the right conditions met in the dark and went bang   and no deity but pure chance created me and everything else.   Call it science, luck or magic the point is with no design or plan   all this […]

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Beaches, a sonnet by Linda Jackson: Poems and Stories of Love: Glasgow Writers

The Beaches   (Linda Jackson)   Waving glass on the surface of eyes Myopia does add qualities             Like immediacy, no perspective. The Bay of Findhorn in winter light curves up onto my lens and the near sky.   There is only a vague division An Impressionist suggestion of separation Low sheen blues and high […]

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What is Age? by Susan Muir: Love is in the air – Poetry and Stories of Love by Glasgow Writers

What is Age? (Susan Muir)   To be young and carefree is such sweet joy Life will go on forever or so it seems It is often the time for girl meets boy The fulfilling of many of our dreams   Career is now the most important thing To climb the ladder and be seen […]

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Scar Tissue by Peter Russell: Love is in the air, Poetry and Stories of Love by Glasgow Writers.

Scar Tissue (Peter Russell)   The heart’s first infection is the deepest And its memory when young is blindest When kisses course our bloodstream the sweetest And lovers are the wildest, and the kindest. Youth gives strength, not active immunity, We’ve had no contact as first love’s vaccine; Young hearts sweat fevers with impunity, And […]

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Stories of Love and Love Poems: No Dust Settles by Paul McCafferty

No Dust Settles by Paul McCafferty No dust settles on that place.The old place,the new one.Though trees have stretched and grass has grown around flowers openedto the sun. No other feet have walked there.Often I hear the song of wee birds that tweetabout our ancient home.I have seen so many cities come and go. Sudden […]

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Love Stories, Poems and Stories of Spring. Paul McCafferty, Glasgow Poet

Unrequitable by Paul McCafferty So many things to say about stars. So many things to say about what to say about stars. So many things to say about the colour of the night. So many things to say about saying things about the colour of the night. So many things to be said about the […]

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Love Stories and Stories of Spring by Glasgow Writers- A Promise of Love, Mary Irvine

A Promise of Love by Mary Irvine The train was late so I had time to appraise my fellow travellers. Mostly unremarkable, I thought, as my gaze surreptitiously moved over them. But then my gaze swept back to a figure standing slightly to the side of where I was sitting His back was towards me. […]

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Love is in the Air: Stories of Love and Spring: Springtime on Spetses, Mary Irvine

Springtime on Spetses by Mary Irvine  In Spring the winter clothes are packed away and the summer ones unpacked, smelling of naphlia. The island is awash with the colours of wild flowers – sedges, daisies, profusions of margaritas, cyclamen, all the blossoms of the various fruit trees – almond, apple, orange, lemon, quince, fig, olive. […]

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Love Stories and Poems by Glasgow Writers: Sound of the Wind by Paul McCafferty

Sound On The WindFor Claudia Accosta Fernanda Beccera by Paul McCafferty Sound carries on the wind.Funny thing. It gets tane upin the sail of breeze or brutal gale.The mumble of a Love you.The shout of a Fuck off.The drunken echoesof slow 3:am wanderersalways lookin for ‘Malky’.On some still afternoonsI’ve found ma self standinwi a fresh […]

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A Celebration by Allan Wilson

(an extract from Wasted in Love) I’m sitting with Jack having a few beers when he eventually gets round to asking. He says, “Tony will you…will you be my best man?” He says it like a proposal. It’s after that the two of us really get to drinking. The girls are out celebrating and me […]

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A Special Report by Brian Hamill

A wee short piece written in Scots, September, 2013 Glasgow Writer: Brian Hamill Sumdy in the high flats threw a big telly oot the windae durin the night. It had flew through the air an landed right ootside the close door. By the time ah goat ready an went oer there wiz awready a crowd […]

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