by David Miller
Loveland, Ohio – We would all love to receive a personal poem of affection on Valentine’s Day, but you all know that sometimes it’s better to give than to receive. Law?
Well, here’s your opportunity because each year, Loveland Valentine Ladies and the Little Miami River Chamber Alliance invite students, teachers, parents and community poets to participate in their annual Valentine’s Poetry Contest. This gift can be your gift to the entire LOVEland community.
Poems should be typed or printed, no longer than 16 lines, and reflect love and/or Valentine’s Day. Poetry will be judged on written content only. Competition deadline: January 21, 2022
Poetry contest categories include:
Kindergarten and Kindergarten
1st and 2nd years
3rd and 4th years
5th and 6th grades
7th and 8th grade
9th – 12th grades
Contest winners will attend the Chamber Valentine Breakfast at the Oasis Conference Center on February 12 to read their poems. Winning students receive an excused absence from school to attend breakfast.
Registration forms are available on the chamber’s website – lmrchamberalliance.org under the “Get Involved” tab.
Valentine Lady, Kathryn Lorenz will be offering two free poetry writing workshops until the submission date.
The first will take place on Saturday, January 8 at the Hometown Cafe between 9 and 10:30 am, AM.
The second will take place on Saturday, January 10 at Mile 42 Coffee from noon to 2 p.m.
Valentine’s Day Art and Card Reveal
Starting at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 8, the 2022 Valentine’s Day Art and Card Reveal will take place and it will be an opportunity to meet the designer, the current Valentine Lady, Jeannie Shumaker and d old ladies. Join the fun at the Valentine Ladies Wall of Fame in historic downtown on the Loveland Bike Trail.
When Lily Gruffydd was in 5th grade, she was recognized at the 2017 Annual Valentine’s Day Breakfast for this poem.
WHAT IS LOVE?
by Lily Gruffydd
Each of you must feel loved,
When you are loved you can feel light as a dove,
Or maybe you’ll draw hearts,
Or even throw Cupid darts.
Love is something your family passes on,
From the handshake to hanging glasses.
If you are not loved,
Find someone to love you back,
Then your life will be on the right track.
Love is also being there for others,
Like your parents, friends, sisters and brothers.
Love is a hug or a tight hug,
Or to your grandmother, you can write.
It’s love and it’s just,
I hope you will remember these words tonight.