Well, tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. Whoever St Valentine was or was not, his feast day has come to be associated with romantic nights out and Hallmark cards. It isn’t the best expression of love that we have, but it’s still a day when our culture focuses quite publicly on a very specific kind of love, and so it seems worth engaging with.
Over the last few months, I’ve been working on a series of poems dealing with the tensions of what it means to love – both romantically and towards our neighbours. These poems have been prompted by Kierkegaard’s weighty but inspiring “Works of Love”: not the standard text to invoke on Valentine’s Day, but Kierkegaard’s view – and indeed the Bible’s – might serve as a helpful antidote to the Hallmark view of love. I hope these poems can find a welcome home in your hearts this February.