by John Glenday

suck my red heart white, I will, because I love you, bless me,
o, and here, I will say, see I am back, in spite of you to bring
a gift I grew, it was busy in me once, filled the red branches
with blood, knocking like hope, beat time to my life’s decline,
then followed after in its way, and did its duty.

The Picador Book of Love Poems

'Valentine' by John Glenday is published in The Picador Book of Love Poems.

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