A felt heart made for Valentine's Day by students at Tahayghen Elementary School.

A felt heart made for Valentine's Day by students at Tahayghen Elementary School.

Valentine’s Day poetry contest

Local writer Sarah Peerless won the first annual Haida Gwaii Observer Valentine's Day Poetry Contest! Thanks to everyone who entered.

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

 

Hey Baby

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.