WestWords Perfect Valentine Pair!

I can’t help it! There have never been as many birds in my garden all doing the happy dance without care or shame.
I’ve got thrushes, blackbirds, starlings, crows, robins and yellow-tits. There’s so much love around I simply had to get
involved, so I’m bringing you this gorgeous love poem by Paul Laurence, an African-American poet, novelist, and
playwright. Born 1872, in Dayton, Ohio to parents who had been slaves in Kentucky before the American Civil War,
some of his collections of poetry include Oak And Ivy (1892); Poems Of Cabin And Field (1899) and Lyrics Of Sunshine And Shadow (1905). This one’s a keeper:

Invitation To Love

By Paul Laurence Dunbar

Come when the nights are bright with stars
Or come when the moon is mellow;
Come when the sun his golden bars
Drops on the hay-field yellow.
Come in the twilight soft and gray,
Come in the night or come in the day,
Come, O love, whene’er you may,
And you are welcome, welcome.

You are sweet, O Love, dear Love,
You are soft as the nesting dove.
Come to my heart and bring it to rest
As the bird flies home to its welcome nest.

Come when my heart is full of grief
Or when my heart is merry;
Come with the falling of the leaf
Or with the redd’ning cherry.
Come when the year’s first blossom blows,
Come when the summer gleams and glows,
Come with the winter’s drifting snows,
And you are welcome, welcome.

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