Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Legend of St. Valentine

The legend says St. Valentine
Was in a prison cell …

Thinking of his little flock
He had always loved so well.

And wanting to assure them 
Of his friendship and his love …

He picked a bunch of violets
And sent them by a dove.

And on the violets’ leaves
He pierced these lines divine …

That simply said, “I Love You,”
And “I’m your Valentine!”

So through the years that followed
From that day unto this …

Folks still send messages of love
And seal them with a kiss.

Because a Saint in prison
Reached through prison bars one day,

And picked a bunch of violets
And sent them out to say …

That faith and love can triumph
No matter where you are

For faith and love are greater
Than the strongest prison bar.

Helen Steiner Rice

May you all have a wonderful Valentine's Day!


chateycathey said...

I am Irish and Indian but never heard this before. Thanks for sharing it. Just a beautiful post Amy and Happy Valentines day to you.

kornkountrytreasures said...

What tribe?? I have Potawatamie, I think, in my background, mothers side, but haven't been able to trace to it yet. Grandma Pete did have the look, though.

I just ran across this on the web and thought it was so pretty. There are a lot of stories about it, she just made a verse.