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Valentine’s Challenge — 14 Words


A challenge in time for Valentine’s Day —

Enter as many times as you wish!   This is a carryover from a Facebook Virtual Event by Jodi Barnes which you are invited and encouraged to join … either posting here on 20 Lines, or Facebook, or BOTH so that we can all share and gorge ourselves on love.  For the Facebook project, the poems will be distributed on Valentine’s Day to strangers who may be in need of love and poetry.  And you can also do this project similarly where you live.

Here are Jodi’s rules:

Write a 14-word poem (doesn’t need to rhyme or take a specific form). Because “14 words” has a repulsive association with white supremacy, I’m ready to help turn “14 words” into one unifying hopeful piece of love for ONE WORLD, ONE RACE, ONE LOVE. Write 14 words about love–anything related to love, kindness, peace–and post it/them here, let them go, and know that another human being you (probably) don’t know will read your little poem(s) and then, who knows?!


List your poem here, as part of the challenge and mention if you’d like for me to share your poem with Jodi for her beautiful project, OR join us over there and post along with us!

Wishing you much love in all things,


Author: Melissa Hassard

"I am always doing things I can't do. That's how I get to do them." -- Pablo Picasso

24 thoughts on “Valentine’s Challenge — 14 Words

  1. Talk kindly
    Show acceptance
    I breathe, the same as you
    Love me, like yourself

    Feel free to share Mel

  2. Love
    Is life
    And love
    Is us.
    We live
    As one
    In love.

  3. Did you get mine I went and joined on FB too

  4. Well, Melissa, I had just written about ten more, but something clicked on my computer and they’re gone. Darn. And now I have to get ready to go to a poetry reading. I’ll try to add some more tomorrow. Love this project.

    • Ohhhhh — so sorry that you lost them!! That hurts my heart. I’m really glad, though, that you’re enjoying the project. Aren’t they addictive? And sweet? And a little morsel of goodness? I’m sharing them with the Facebook group, so they’ll know you’re here working on it too. xoxo Thanks, Maggie! Enjoy the reading. (Hope you are reading, too!)

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  6. Open your purse
    and show me your riches.
    Ah, pictures of your little ones.

    We all differ.
    But look around
    at the beautiful mosaic that, together, we make.

    Let’s perform random acts of kindness
    and toss them heavenward
    like so many stars.

    When my skies cloud with grey,
    I need your cheer, encouragement,
    your certain way.

    I choose my words carefully,
    knowing they will settle deep
    in your tender heart.

    Write on my candy heart
    how much you love me.
    Use your special words.

    Comfort me with apples,
    or your presence, open arms,
    a small smile at night.

    I need your soft touch,
    your gentle voice.
    They will echo back to you.

    I dream of a world
    where we all join hands,
    red ribbons flying, flying.

    I will listen to you.
    Speak your deepest thoughts.
    You are safe with me.

    Music of the universe
    delights my senses
    when the world’s noise crowds out silence.

    Come, my friend, have a cup of tea.
    Let us talk over our day.

    You may be young, friend, I may be old.
    Still, so much in common.

    Love, elusive as that butterfly,
    yet solid as a handshake
    or my favorite chair.

    (I got most of them back, changed a little, added a couple. Whew!)

  7. Yep, I am. We are to read a poem by a poet we admire (I’ve chosen “Upon Westminster Bridge” by Wordsworth, and two of our own, not yet chosen.

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  9. Love is meant
    For all to share
    Perhaps if so
    We would truly care

    Okay to share..Diane

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