Poetry: Valentine’s Day

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Poet’s note

Celebration of Valentine's Day as a lover's festival dates from 14th century. Valentine was a priest persecuted by the Roman emperor Claudius II, about 270 AD. Some say he was persecuted because of his persistent belief in love while others believe he was martyred because he was in love with his jailor's daughter. Valentine's Day messages were commercially printed as early as 1700s.

Rumi is the greatest Sufi mystic and poet in the Persian language. He was born in September 30, 1207, Balkh, now in Afghanistan and died in December 17, 1273, Turkey. He has written numerous volumes of love poems.

Muna Madan is a long poem about eternal love, penned by Laksmi Prasad Devkota (1909 – 1959), the Great Poet of Nepal. Muna Madan, the most successful book in Nepal, has been translated into many languages. Devkota has authored at least 6 epics, more than a dozen short epics, hundreds of poems, essays, short stories and a novel.


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My unbridled passions

I try to sublimate

Read Rumi

His mysticism and divine love

Blended with poetry

You blossom like a rose

That is red


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From the vines of memories

Valentine crawls

Out in the light of life

His persistent belief

In eternal love

Love that knows no bound

Valentine conceives love in his womb

Rumi nurtures the fetus


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And Muna is born

Madan is born

You rest your head on my chest

And ask, will you go to Tibet

Earn fortunes

So that we live happily ever after

I see Madan heading to Tibet

All the while remembering his wife

I see Muna, lonely in Kathmandu

Waiting for her husband


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These are the stories

Larger than life

That will now culminate into happy ending

I want to assure you

We will rewrite the love story

Of Muna Madan

I will not go to Tibet

Tibet is no more welcoming

Communists are all over

I’ll be with you in Kathmandu

Saving you from Mao tse Tung’s

Nepali children

I will watch the world passing by

Will not let the goon come to you

And tell you a lie that Madan is dead in Tibet

I will not ask God

Why did you destroy your lovely creation

Take my Muna away from me

Rather I will be thankful to Him

For you are with me

Letting me

Smell

Listen

Touch

And taste my love!

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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal Author

Dear Angel,

Happy Valentine's Day.

Thanks for reading and commenting.

Regards


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Angelme566 3 years ago

so timely to read this..Happy Valentines.


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal Author

Hi Peggy,

thanks for being here. I wish you Happy Valentine's Day.

Regards


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Vinaya,

The original photos you used to illustrate your poetry are beautiful. Enjoyed this. Thank you and have a soon to be Happy Valentine's Day!


Shuva 4 years ago

Wonderful imagery. Vin, this is brilliant piece of writing.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

Hi Cathleena, I'm glad that you liked this hub. Thanks for reading and leaving an appreciative comment.

Cheers


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Cathleena Beams 4 years ago from Lascassas, Tennessee

Very informative and enlightening hub about Valentine's Day. Surprisingly, I had never heard the story behind the day before now. Thanks for sharing it with us here on Hubpages!


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

@onlooker, thanks for reading and taking time to comment.

@Audrey, thanks for coming back.

Chers


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Just came back for another read--just beautiful


onlooker 4 years ago

This is awesome Vinaya! Thank you.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

@Christy, thanks for stopping by. You honor me with your wonderful comment.

@Your Admirer, do I know you? LOL

Thanks for reading and leaving appreciative comments on my articles.


Your Admirer 4 years ago

Wow. This is lovely.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Oh how lovely! You write poetry as well and you write nicely. Beautiful.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

Hi alocsin, it is better to be late than never. LOL

Thanks for your appreciative comment.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Missed this hub on V-day but it is definitely worth enjoying year-round. Voting this Up and Beautiful.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

@thelyricwriter

@AEvans

thanks for reading and leaving wonderful comments.

Happy Valentine's Day!


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

What a beautiful tribute and especially on Valentine's Day. Thanks for also sharing some history with us on the poetic journey. Tonight I am searching for poetry and have to say this is also breathtaking! Thumbs up! :)


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Up, awesome, and beautiful Vinaya. Great Valentine's Day poem my friend. Very, very deep. It shows that you put your heart in it pal.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

Hello Audrey, I'm so much delighted to read your feedback, because you yourself are a wonderful poet.

Thank you very much.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

You always show such sensitivity in your work--tender, almost delicate write --so full of the fullness of love--Beautiful work!


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

Hello sunasia, thanks for reading and appreciating my work, poem and pictures.

Cheers


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sunasia22 4 years ago from Philippines

Vinaya another great hub and beautiful poem, but those awesome photos worth appreciation too. Good work! Voted up!


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

Hello Cardisa, thanks for appreciating my work.

Cheers.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

beautiful poetry Vinaya, so wonderful. Thanks for writing and sharing this, it's beautiful.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

Hello Phoebe Pike, thanks for stopping by to appreciate my work.

Regards


Phoebe Pike 4 years ago

This hub is beautiful. The short history was inspiring and the poem was touching. Awesome work.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

Philly Dreamer,

thanks for taking time to read and comment.

Cheers


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PHILLYDREAMER 4 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

He was an extremely talented poet, and to hold on to love in spite of a tragedy is the true testament of someones love. Thanks for sharing this work.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

@Flora

@b. Malin

Thanks for reading and commenting.

Cheers


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b. Malin 4 years ago

What a Beautiful Poetry Read Vinaya, and I Love the pictures that you took and chose to go with this Hub piece...and of course the Valentine History Lesson.


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FloraBreenRobison 4 years ago

Thanks for the beautiful poem and the history of Valentine.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

Hello Maria,

You have blessed my day with such a wonderful comment. Thanks for being supportive.

Regards


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Vinaya,

Although due to my schedule, I have been a stranger, your work remains impressive in range, creativity and emotion. I thoroughly appreciate how you combine history with the romance of your poetry for the perfect Valentine message. The photos are the icing on the cake!

Voted UP & Beautiful. Enjoy your day, Maria


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

@Sueswan, I'm delighted to know that you have researched Devokata and read his famous statement about Muna Madan.

Thanks for appreciating my work.

@Terry, you surprise me with your humility. I'm blessed with a wonderful friend like you. Thank you very much.


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Terry27 4 years ago from The Place Called Love

Vinaya, I'm honored that recommended me to other Hubbers. I mentioned your inspiration and influence in my article about my city, Riverside. I also provided a link to one of your hubs about Nepal. You are such an inspiration, my friend. Keep up the excellent work!

Here is the link to my article about my city:

http://hubpages.com/travel/There-is-Beauty-in-the-...


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Vinaya

Beautiful words and breathtaking pictures.

I was not familiar with Devkota.

I read that just before his death in 1959 he made his famous statement, "it would be all right if all my works were burned, except for 'Muna Madan.'"

Voted up and away.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

I enjoy reading and following these hubbers. I suggest you to read their works, they are wonderful writers.

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Terry27 4 years ago from The Place Called Love

You are welcome Vinaya. It's a great honor to read your work. It is also wonderful to inspire others, as well as to be inspired by others, such as yourself.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

Terry, I'm honored and blessed with your wonderful comment.

Feed backs are always important for a writer, and inspiring words are necessary for the maturity of a writer.

Thank you very much


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Terry27 4 years ago from The Place Called Love

Thank Vinaya for writing this beautiful poem. I also enjoyed your little history lesson. Many people celebrate Valentine's Day, yet do not know where it came from.

Your photos are incredible. You have a gift of blending education, inspiration, and beauty into your hubs.

I will post a link of this hub on my new hub: "Love Poems in Honor of Valentine's Day."

Again, thanks Vinaya for sharing your incredible work.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

Eddy, thanks for sincerely following my works. I always appreciate your comments.

Cheers


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

So very beautiful Vinaya ;you are indeed a true artist and here's that up up and away just for you.

Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend.

Eddy.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

wow...what a lovely poem about devotion...

Rumi is one of my fellow Filipino writer's favorite poets...i'm glad you've written a description of him in here...


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

excellent poem, Vinaya. thanks for sharing your gift


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jhamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

I am always grateful to read you wonderful use of language, what I appreciate most in this poem is a new pasture of names I am unfamiliar with and now feel I need to research. Hopefully this will open new avenues in my own writing. Thank You. Jamie


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Phyllis Doyle 4 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Vinaya, such a lovely poem from the heart. It takes me to another place and time where only love matters. You have the ability to touch the heart and soul of the reader and that is what makes a poet shine forth. Beautiful, my friend, so beautiful. I bookmarked this poem so I can come back to it often. Thank you!


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

I read and follow these wonderful writers. I recommend these hub authors to the hub community.

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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Vinaya very nice. A soft lesson expressed well.


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shimmering Dawn 4 years ago

Love transcends all, distances and time are mere logistics.. it is the same through the ages.. all people, everywhere and in every nation experience the same feeling called love. Beautifully and very informatively said. Bravo! May your day be blessed! Shalom!


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

@Movie master

@always exploring

@Rosemay

@Vincent

@radha

Ruchira

Thank you very much for your lovely comments. I'm delighted to find wonderful friends like you.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Such a beautiful tribute to Laxmi Prasad. I had to actually google and find out more about this great poet.

Thanks for enlightening me, vinaya :)


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radhapriestess 4 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

I just love those photos with the poems. I will have to print these out for my collection. The blue house is beautiful. We have small islands in Minnesota with trees just like your picture.


Vincent Moore 4 years ago

Vinaya, simply stunningly beautiful. I applaud you sir that this wonderful poetic tribute is memorable and without question one of your best. It is to be savoured, read again and again and digested into ones soul. Thank you for sharing the history of Valentine Day as well. Blessings and peace to you and yours.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

A beautiful poem Vinaya. Your photos as usua; are fabulous.

Adding the history of Valentines Day was a lovely touch

Thank you for sharing


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Your poetry is beautiful, as well as the pictures. The history about Valentine is fascinating..Thank you..


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Your photos as always are amazing, your words beautiful Vinaya.

Thank you and voted up.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

@Senoritaa, I feel delighted to know that you have read Devkota. He is wonderful poet and writer.

@Jackie, thanks for your beautiful words

@picklesandfus, thanks for taking time to comment.

@Frank, thanks for being a loyal reader. Thank you my friend.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

wow three letters w.o.w you sure know how to hit the page with your words :) Frank


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

perfect timing and very enjoyable. vote up!


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

Out of the ordinary, very entertaining and great photos. Voted up.


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Senoritaa 4 years ago

I've read numerous poems by Devkota during my years of stay in Sikkim. He was truly talented. I never got around to read Muna Madan but I've often heard of its glory. Your poetic tribute is fascinating.

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