Funny Valentine

A reminiscence quadrille for the dverse prompt. No, we didn’t have our portrait painted but I’m fond of this painting.


I remember our first kiss

and what I said after,

how you laughed and did it again.

The laugh is the same,

so are we and the kiss,

though everything else has changed,

the party, the music, the beer.

Funny, it’s still so clear.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

78 thoughts on “Funny Valentine”

  1. Must be a little different with men. My first kisses blur like a plethora of senior high recall. Every new date had a first kiss; smile.

    1. That’s what I was saying really. All the others are just a blur. Only one ‘first’ has left a memory. Lucky I got it right! It would be terrible to only remember one of the spotty senior highs 🙂

  2. This is one of those poems that just fills you with joy. Made me think about my first kiss with my husband. In our case I’m quite glad it didn’t stay the same. He kept leaning in and then making an excuse to run away due to nerves so eventually I just sort of grabbed him by the front of the shirt and yanked him in. Resulted in a clumsy first kiss but we got better.

    1. Our first kiss was a sweep you off your feet first kiss. Took me completely by surprise. I found out later that there was a round of applause from the other side of the room. They’d been taking bets…

  3. It’s the title that grabbed me, Jane, because my dad had a 78 record of Sarah Vaughan singing ‘My Funny Valentine’, which I loved when I was a child and still do. And your first kiss is such a sweet memory.

  4. I agree – beautiful painting! And your poem of remembering has hit just the right whimsical tone in my mind, to fit the title Funny Valentine. Especially the last line 🙂 It’s a gentle reminiscence.

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