To My Valentine

More than a catbird hates a cat,
Or a criminal hates a clue,
Or the Axis hates the United States,
That's how much I love you.

I love you more than a duck can swim,
And more than a grapefruit squirts,
I love you more than a gin rummy is a bore,
And more than a toothache hurts.

As a shipwrecked sailor hates the sea,
Or a juggler hates a shove,
As a hostess detests unexpected guests,
That's how much you I love.

I love you more than a wasp can sting,
And more than the subway jerks,
I love you as much as a beggar needs a crutch,
And more than a hangnail irks.

I swear to you by the stars above,
And below, if such there be,
As the High Court loathes perjurious oathes,
That's how you're loved by me.

by Ogden Nash

Comments (16)

Fantastic flight of imagery and style of expression. Congrats on modern poem of the Day.
A colourful, witty poem creatively comparing love in some quite unexpected ways! Very deserving of POD!
A poem that is more than a poem? More of a declaration of Nash's heartfelt thoughts!
I love you more than a duck can swim, And more than a grapefruit squirts, I love you more than a gin rummy is a bore, And more than a toothache hurts... examples are so good.. tony
Turning everything up side down again. Great stuff.
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