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Below is the poem entitled FORGOTTEN VALENTINE which was written by poet Cyndi MacMillan. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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These snow veiled tombstones, suddenly vestal,

seem to shroud grief, yet wind keeps visitors

away, save for some recent widowers

who with lifeless bouquets, stay dutiful.

Beyond the starkness of winterized elm,

a fresh grave awaits someone’s beloved,

I walk silent grounds, chin down, hands gloved,

still, a chill pervades. Markers overwhelm.

Mid-February was meant for sweet tokens.

A Victorian couple, paired yet alone,

display only dead blooms, fashioned of stone,

no kin comes today, distant lines long broken.

One valentine, crafted with true sentiment,

languishes, forgotten, now mere monument. 

*For the Forgotten Valentine Contest.
Written February 7, 2013

*This is a modern sonnet which lean towards mid-line punctuation, freer rhyme schemes, and a more relaxed syllable count. 

**For a photo of the tombstone, found in Mt Hope Cemetery in Kitchener, Ontario, please click on the About this Poem link, if you are able. Cemetery art is lovely, yet so poignant. Each marker tells only the tinest bit of their story.

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  1. Date: 2/25/2013 8:04:00 AM
    This is a great poem.

  1. Date: 2/12/2013 10:35:00 AM
    Belated congratulations on your win Cyndi luv xx

  1. Date: 2/11/2013 9:12:00 PM
    Cyndi:-) ... Congratulations, with your awesome poem in Debra s "The Forgotten Valentine... " contest... glad to see you on the winning list. Always & Forever* PD

  1. Date: 2/11/2013 6:08:00 PM
    Congratulations on you win with emotion evoking poem. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 2/11/2013 3:17:00 PM
    You and I the maudlin twins ;) I love your use of the modern sonnet!Congrad's on your win! Light & Love

  1. Date: 2/11/2013 12:35:00 PM
    Thank you so much for supporting my first contest. Now I know who wrote this beautiful poem... Congratulations on you win !!!