Local writer Sarah Peerless won the first annual Haida Gwaii Observer Valentine’s Day Poetry Contest.
Read Peerless’ ‘Not About the Distance’ below, along with entries by Lynn Humphries and Stanley Noseworthy. Thanks to everyone who entered!
Not About the Distance
by Sarah Peerless
it’s not about the distance
it’s about what is held between
it’s not about how far you are
but what my feelings mean
it’s not about the knowing
because I’ve never told
it’s not about the passing time
I don’t fear growing old
it’s not about the truth
that I’ve hidden in my heart
it’s not about the sincerity
for what I’ve to impart
it’s because I hold you dear
I dread making a mistake
it’s because I can’t forget you
that you have my heart to break
and it’s because you’ve never known this
but my soul will have its say
one year I’ll find the courage
to say “I love you” on Valentine’s Day.
Roses are Red
By Lynn Humphries
Roses Are Red,
Violets Are Blue,
Climb Tow Hill
And View the Blow Hole, too
Island Gwaii Living,
Is Breathless and Sweet,
Tour all of its Beauty,
You’re In For A Treat
By Stanley Noseworthy
Hey Baby, you look so fine.
Standing there just passing time.
If I had the kahoonas to say to you,“Lets get busy this afternoon,”
I’m sure you’d slap me in the face,
And cause me much social disgrace.
But because it’s Valentine’s Day this week,
Perhaps I’ll find the will to speak.
For now, let’s just pretend,
That I said it, and we’re still friends.
When the time comes for such displays,
Of passion, love and kinky ways,
I’ll let you know through some such means,
That we go better than rice and beans.