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Will You Be My Valentine? (a love poem)

Valentine porcupine

Will You Be My Valentine?

“Will you be my valentine?”
Said the smitten porcupine?

“What? You say I’m prickly?
Don’t point that out, my dear.

None of us is without flaw,
Not even you, I fear.

Will you be my Valentine?”
Said the smitten porcupine.

“What? I am not huggable?
But that’s a mere objection.
There are countless other ways
Of showing our affection.

Will you be my Valentine?”
Said the smitten porcupine.

“What? You say I’ve won your heart?
You’ll love me evermore?
Beyond my quills you see I am
A softie at my core?

You will be my Valentine?”
Said the smitten porcupine.

“What? You’ll even marry me?
I’ll be your joyful groom?
Darling skunk, I’ve one request-
Back off on your perfume.”

Iza Trapani copyright 2013

I hope you had a happy Valentine’s Day! πŸ™‚

And be sure to check out the complete Poetry Friday roundup, hosted by the lovely Linda at teacherdance.

About the author

Iza Trapani I am a children's book author and illustrator, fan of Mother Goose and Dr. Seuss, lover of big dogs, aspiring yodeler. When not in my studio, I spend time outdoors and have climbed over many a mountain to see what I could see.

49 Responses to Will You Be My Valentine? (a love poem)

  1. Proof that there’s someone for everyone as long as we’re willing to overlook a thing or two. Adorable, Iza! HAHA!

    • Iza Trapani says:

      That’s right, Renee. My husband’s untrimmed nose hairs and my talking with my mouth full- mere objections πŸ™‚ Thanks! Have a happy day.

  2. Dana Carey says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day, Iza!
    Very fun poem. I think they’ll make a great couple.

  3. Oh, Iza…I love this little smitten porcupine and his lady friend. What a sweet poem…and just the words “smitten porcupine” are a delight to mouth and ear. Happy Valentine’s Day! x

  4. Oh, Iza…I love this little smitten porcupine and his lady friend. What a sweet poem…and just the words “smitten porcupine” are a delight to mouth and ear. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  5. Joanna says:

    Happy Valentines Day to critters one and all. This is awesome, Iza!

  6. What a surprise ending! Made me smile my friend. Happy Valentines Day to you and yours!

  7. Cathy Mealey says:

    I’m certain they will be quilly, quilly happy together!

    So sweet and funny! How tenderly he clasps the valentine to his heart. Adorable.

    Wishing you lots of love on Valentine’s Day and everyday!

  8. Robert Hare says:

    My darling Iza,
    Thank You for ignoring my nose hares. They tend to often run away with the show and then hide behind nostrils. I do love you in spite of your occasionally being incomprehensible but I’m sure that is only my poor hearing from too many years of shop noise.

    Happy valentines Day my True Love!

    • Iza Trapani says:

      Oops, my darling Rob, I didn’t think you’d read this since you already heard the poem. But that’s one of the many reasons why I love you so much. You read my blog! I hope the nose “hares” reference didn’t offend you. I was quick to point out my talking with my mouth full. I hope my incomprehensibility is only on those occasions πŸ™‚ Happy mushy Valentines day, MY true love.

  9. Joanne Perkins says:

    Be my Valentine? I loved the poem. You always have something special and heart warming. Hope you are well. Love you

  10. A very prickly, pretty porcupine πŸ™‚
    And a wonderful poem! πŸ™‚

  11. I’m completely smitten by your funny, little Valentines Day poem.

  12. Wonderful, Iza! And what a darling picture to go with it! I’m smitten πŸ™‚

  13. Linda Baie says:

    Iza, this is such fun! I love the way you took us all the way through then with just a few words, surprise! What a sweet poem, too!

  14. Oh brilliant twist at the end, love this, Iza!

    • Iza Trapani says:

      Thanks Cathy!I had a good guffaw at the punchline when I read it to my husband, so I knew I was onto something good. Usually he is not so effusive πŸ™‚

  15. Oh Iza, this is so cute. I can imagine this in a picture book and the lovely images that are bound to accompany it. This poem definitely made me smile today. πŸ™‚

  16. Hahaha. This poem is so much fun. It needs to be a picture book. You know that right? And what a fantastic ending! GENIUS! BBF, I love it! And the picture is PRECIOUS! You made my heart smile a mile. I hope your Valentines Day was lovely!

  17. This porcupine has a “point” – he is a “softie at his core”. Love, love, love this poem. =)

  18. I was trying to write a poem to the skunk that has taken up residence in my backyard. Your porcupine poem is really great – I’m going to keep working on mine.

  19. Violet N. says:

    What fun! I would fall in love with sweet and tenacious creature like that, no matter how prickly!

  20. Tabatha says:


    I’m attempting to type with a bird sitting on the keyboard who thinks my fingernails are good for chewing. I’d rather have a smitten porcupine!

  21. Ha! Fun ending!! Gotta love a persistent porcupine!

  22. jone says:

    I love the ending, Iza. Such fun. I happen to think porcupines are adorable.

  23. Laura Shovan says:

    Sweet poem, Iza. A lovelorn porcupine — what a perfect imperfect character!

  24. CG says:

    sooo cute!!! love your poem that went with it, so imaginative πŸ˜€ (after birds porcupines, hedgehogs and skunks are my favorite critters, oh yes, and dolphins and elephants πŸ™‚

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