A Valentine for Mom

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From the book The Biggest Burp Ever


I bought a box of chocolates
for my mother’s valentine;
a giant, heart-shaped package
with a flowery design.

They had them at the market
and I got the biggest one.
I nearly couldn’t pick it up.
It must have weighed a ton.

I had to use a shopping cart
to haul it from the store.
At home I almost couldn’t
even fit it through the door.

I gave it to my mother
and you should have seen her eyes!
I clearly had impressed her
with my chocolate box’s size.

That carton was gargantuan —
the largest I could find —
but not because I’m generous
and not because I’m kind.

I didn’t buy the biggest one
to show how much I care.
I bought it just to guarantee
my mom would have to share.

 — Kenn Nesbitt

Copyright © 2014. All Rights Reserved.

Reading Level: Grade 4

Topics: Holiday Poems, Love Poems, Poems about Friends and Family, Shopping, Valentine's Day

Poetic Techniques: Assonance, Descriptive Poems, Narrative Poems


From the Book The Biggest Burp Ever

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