Friday, February 14, 2020

Poetry Friday: Save that Empty Heart-shaped Box!

Head over to Teacher Dance 
for this week's round-up of poetic goodness. 
Linda composed an original poem and shared hearts and valentines,
both current and antique from around her house.
Thanks, Linda, for hosting this week on this very sweetest of days!

You are probably familiar with the Jack Prelutsky poem "My Mother's Chocolate Valentine."

Many years ago, someone pulled a fancy Valentine chocolate box out of their poetry bag of tricks. (It sounds like something Janet Wong would do, doesn't it?) I borrowed the idea, saved an empty heart-shaped box from Valentine's Day, and glued the poem inside the box. It's a delight to take the lid off the box of chocolates and recite the poem, pretending to eat chocolate by chocolate . . . until you reach the final two lines and replace the lid on the box: 
"I ate my mother's valentine . . .
I hope she likes the box."

So even if no one gives you a box of chocolates this year, watch the after Valentine's Day sales and purchase this prop for your poetry suitcase. Happy Valentine's Day!


  1. This is so fun, Ramona. I thought I had a box, but guess I'd given it away or ? I'm going to do this when the sales go on. Happy Valentine's Day!

  2. Oh man... I wish I had known this earlier. I think I still have the empty heart-shaped box! Hahaha. But, there's always next year... Thanks, and happy V Day.

  3. Such a fun idea, Ramona! I actually wasn't familiar with the Jack Prelutsky poem and I love the idea of putting it in the empty chocolate box. Kids would love this!

  4. I have some - I'll have to try this!